Q: can you be denied from asking to speak with a supervisor or manager if following the chain of command?
The short answer: Yes, you can be denied. However, your post does not disclose the facts why you need to speak to the supervisor. For example, if you need to relate a discrimination complaint based on your membership in a protected class or retaliation for engagement in protected activity, then the analysis may change.
If you feel there is some protected discrimination or retaliation happening, I suggest you consult with an employment law attorney who will further examine your situation and explain your options. Most employment law attorneys in California offer free of charge initial consultations, and thereafter may take your case on a contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay attorney’s fees unless and until there is a positive outcome for you. They may also advance either all or partial costs of litigation.
You can look either on this site in the Find a Lawyer section or go to California Employment Layers Association (www.cela.org), an organization whose members are committed to representing employees’ rights.
Maya L. Serkova
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