Asked in Employment Law for Kansas

Q: Can a manager write up an employee for asking questions?

I work in a gas station in ks, my direct manager is the 'assistant manager' and then the next up the chain is my manager. I was told when I started that I should contact my manager if I could not get ahold of my assistant manager then after doing so in an emergency I was later told that I would be written up for talking to the manager

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: No, it generally isn't reasonable for a manager to write up an employee solely for asking questions related to their job duties or in cases of emergency. In a workplace, communication is essential, and employees often need to seek clarification or guidance from their superiors, including managers. If you were told to contact your manager in emergencies and did so, it should not lead to disciplinary action.

However, the specific policies and procedures regarding write-ups may vary depending on your workplace's rules and employment contract, if applicable. It's essential to review your company's employee handbook or policies to understand the correct channels for communication and the reasons for which an employee can be written up.

If you believe you are being unfairly treated or retaliated against for asking legitimate work-related questions or following instructions, you may want to document the incidents and consult with an employment attorney to discuss your rights and potential legal remedies. They can provide guidance tailored to your situation and help you navigate any employment issues you may be facing.

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