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I have an employment question. I work in a retail store in

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I have an employment question. I work in a retail store in Ohio. I requested to see my personal file but I would have to wait as they got it together. It's been a while and they still haven't let me see it. Does the employer have the right to make you
wait or put in or take out files about you. A few years back there was a write up about me but they never went over with me. Can they do that? I guess altogether I'm asking what are your rights as an employee to see your file?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Although some states do have laws that mandate that an employer allow an employee access to their personnel records, Ohio is not one of those states. That means that unless the employer decides to do so voluntarily or there is a bargaining agreement that mandates that they do, they do not have to provide access.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The reason for the question was because I told someone about some issues i had with my manager and I beleive he told him what I said, so I'm worried about retaliation. I know retail is a tough subject and the kind of job where the employers can basically do what they want to you. The info you gave was helpful so I know I'm talking to the right person. Any more help you can give me will be really appreciated.
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again and thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, unless an employee has protection through a contract or is retaliated against because they have filed a wage claim, WC claim, OSHA complaint, unlawful discrimination complaint with a government agency, or a similar exercise of a legal right, an employer can take an adverse action against them for any, or no, reason. In other words, Ohio, like most states is an employment "at will" state, so the employer can terminate in any fashion and for any, or no, reason, as long as they aren't doing so in violation of a contract, for unlawful discriminatory purposes, or in retaliation for an employee filing a claim (like those I mentioned.) So, unfortunately, there isn't a lot an employee can do in a situation like this unless they fall into the exceptions I mentioned. Employers have a lot of leeway to be as arbitrary and unfair as they choose. Not much protection for employees.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

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