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Is an owner in a privately owned company held to the same standards

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Is an owner in a privately owned company held to the same standards that he holds his employees to? Meaning if an employee is terminated or punished for conducting himself in a certain way is it defensivable to show that he was only acting in the same manner that the owner set forth by his actions?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Ellen replied 5 years ago.
*Due to rules of your state bar or mine, nothing herein is intended as legal advice, only intended as general information to better help yourself.*

No the owner is not required to be held to the same standards as his employee. cap in facts all employees are not required to be held to the same standards. Here is why

Absent a written agreement to the contrary, an employee can be treated differently or discriminated against for any reason, as long as the reason is not prohibited by law.
Federal laws prohibit employment discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,past, current, or future military obligations, FMLA usage or filing a workers compensation claim.

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