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I am sorry to hear about this situation, Bonnie.
Unfortunately, this is legal. Allow me to explain why. An employer generally has the right to terminate or to discipline or to investigate an an employee FOR ANY REASON. This includes employees of state, county, and municipal agencies.
The only reasons that one cannot be terminated or disciplined or investigated for are:
-PUBLIC POLICY (discrimination 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 do this 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.
As such, she does not have a right to any tribunal or any process unless this was part of her employee handbook or contract. The employer also does not owe her any reviews or notices prior to suspension, investigation, or whatever action may be taken. No one has to talk to her or update her.
If she feels that this is a cover up or she is being set up, she may wish to get an attorney because the implication of her alleged actions here may result in a criminal investigation as well. But aside from this, there is nothing left but to wait out the results of the investigation. Hopefully, it will simply be dismissed and her work will resume, but one wants to hope for the best but plan for the worst.
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