First of all, understand that this is an INSIDE situation. Not criminal. Not civil (court). This is an internal matter for the company.
An employer generally has the right to demote/admonish/terminate an employee FOR ANY REASON.
The only reasons one cannot be punished for are:
based on race, religion, creed, etc; or, a retaliatory termination
due to a claim made by an employee); or
-CONTRACT POLICY (if one has a contract that disallows such a termination)
-COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH (firing an employee to avoid paying a benefit, for example)
Otherwise, an employer can demote/admonish/terminate for any reason, without notice. It can be based on a mistaken rumor, or, just the fact that they do not like your shoes one day. You will hear "right to work
" a lot. However, that does not mean what people think it means. All this means is that at time of being employed, the employee has a choice whether or not to join a union as a condition of employment.
No "hearing" is required. This is an internal matter and the employer does not HAVE to have an HR procedure unless they want to.
So your employer may or may not initiate a procedure to review the situation and they can talk to you about it, decide what is best going forward, etc.
OR, they can simply IGNORE it. Would not be the first time an employee complains, and would not be the last.
Someone in your situation does not need an attorney, but it may help if one feels that they will be terminated - just as a way to get some leverage in the meeting.
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