Q: What is my employer allowed to say to me me at work as far as personal stuff that has nothing to do with work?

So my wife and I work at the same place and we know the owner on a personal level outside of work. Well we got into an argument over the weekend and now he's taking it out on us at work. He called my wife a lier and said she should be ashamed to be a mother. He also brought up some personal information that had nothing to do with the job or the argument that we got into. And he did all of this in front of another employee that didn't even know what was going on. Is that ok for him to do?

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

A: Missouri is an employment at will state. It is not unlawful for your employer to be mean, unprofessional, or rude. You have not articulated that any part of the situation was based upon your or your wife's membership in a protected class. If you believe there was unlawful discrimination you can file a complaint with the EEO or Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

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