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i was just wondering what i could do because my boss decided

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i was just wondering what i could do because my boss decided to repramand for smiling at work while at work ? he thought it was derespect full that iwas smile while he was talking? what do my facial expressions have to do with any thing?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Lawmoe replied 7 years ago.
I am afraid that there is no simple answer for difficult managers or employers. There is certainly nothing that would prevent them from imposing discipline for smiling.


Unfortunately, all employment starts out as employment "at will." That means you may be fired for any reason or no reason or you may quit for any reason or no reason. The only thing that changes the "at will" status is contract and statutes. If you do not have a contract for employment, you have no contractual protections.

The statutes or the law, only protects against employment decisions that are discriminatory in nature. To be discriminatory, the employer must treat you differently than others based on a suspect class as defined by statutes. They may treat you differently for other reasons not based on the suspect class. For example, they may treat you differently because they do not like you, how you dress or how you part your hair. None of those things involve a suspect class. Suspect classes under state and federal statutes differ slightly, but generally include things such as race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, disability, whistleblower etc..

If you were not treated differently based on such classifications, there is no action that can be taken. If you feel you were treated differently based on a suspect classification, you may file a complaint with the EEOC or Department of Human Rights.

I am truly sorry to hear of your troubles.



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