Is there a limit on time a boss can yell at you, due to a co-workers complaint?

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    mljhayesposted 7 years ago

    Is there a limit on time a boss can yell at you, due to a co-workers complaint?

    A co-worker, having a rough day, yelled at me over a trivial question.  Once she realized she was out of line, she went to the boss & lied over the events & stated I was the one who yelled at her; dragging 3 others to back her up, who were not witness to the event.  I have at least 6 people who verify my account of the event, but my boss dislikes me & has no interest in hearing any other version of what happened.  She berated me for 2 hours, after I worked a 12 hour shift.  Is this legal?  What can I do about an unprofessional manager?

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    junksellerposted 7 years ago

    There is a difference between legitimate complaints about work performance and beration.  I wouldn't expect to ever be scolded for even 10 seconds.

    Unfortunately there is also a difference between what is wrong and what is illegal.  Things are only illegal if they are both wrong and can be proven.

    If I were you I would do two things.  First, talk to those on your side and make sure they would be willing to make an official statement on your behalf.

    Second, most companies should have some policy for filing and dealing with employee complaints.  Look in your employee packet you got when you were hired.  Also, sometimes, companies will post an employee hot-line that can be called if you have a complaint to report (look around the time clock).  If neither of those helps contact your human resources manager and ask what if any options you have.