Holly Springs, NC asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: I was berated screamed and totally disrespected . By supervisor I then asked to go to HR. And was denied. Is that legal

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Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: That is terrible for you to have to go through.

However, there is no law against an employer, supervisor or co-worker berating, screaming or disrespecting you in this state. This type of conduct may be unlawful if it is directed to you on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability or age 40 or older. There is also no law that requires HR to speak to you although HR usually will. Also, keep in mind that most complaints to HR are not protected and that you can be fired for your complaint regardless of the employer's "policy" against retaliation.

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