Columbia, MO asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Missouri

Q: Am I being harassed at work? Am I legally in the wrong, or am I right? I need help. Facing being fired.

Recently, I doodled on a medical document and upon finding out that it was prohibited, I told the Dir. of quality control, who then told me "Its okay.It happens" later on an incident with a coworker happened where she thought I posted a Facebook status about her. She kept texting me and I did not respond, the next day, she came in and started yelling at me in front of coworkers and patient. cowrkr shows pics to others. She threatened to tell on me about writing on the sheets, because she was upset. I contacted HR, as I felt intimidated and belittled. HR calls me to the office and basically calls me a liar. cowrkr also violated HIPPA. I asked what would happen with the "rounds sheets", and she said that she would let me know. She told me that she was aggravated that she had to be investigating something that took place outside of work. She made it seem like the harassment was my fault for writing on the sheets. she called me writing on the sheets "harassment".

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: You aren’t going to want to hear this, but Missouri is an employment-at-will state. For termination purposes, it’s irrelevant whether your employer is mean or unfair. It cannot fire you on account of race, religion, national origin, etc., but can fire you over believe you did something wrong. It can also fire you for wearing red shoes to work. Or for saying “good morning” to a coworker. Just like you can quit for no reason.

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