I was talking to my HR coordinator early in the morning about a frustrating situation that has been occurring for a couple of months. The VP of Finance overheard said conversation and took it as back stabbing. The HR coordinator was written up and given 90 probation and is prohibited from having closed door meetings with myself and another employee in the company. I feel discriminated against and have no ability to discuss any issues with HR due to this matter. Is there anything that I can do?Immediately after the event this information was shared by the VP of Finance with another Non-Executive employee.
Probably not. I am assuming that you (1) dont have union contract, or other written contract, and (2) are employed by a private company not the government. About the only thing you can do in most instances is gut out the probation and not get in trouble again. That being said, you are protected from descrimination that is race, religion, age, and or sex based, but not for other reasons usually. Sounds like you are in a typical fight over power, which is not protected.
You could look at your employment manual which could form some basis for challenging the problem, but Washington is generally speeking an employment at will state, which means you can be fired for no reason, a bad reason, or the wrong reason as long as its not one of the prohibited reasons. I suggest you call another lawyer, but I doubt you can challenge this.
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