Employment Law

Employment law questions? Ask an employment lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I am responsible for enforcing the corporate travel &

Customer Question
I am responsible for...

I am responsible for enforcing the corporate travel & expense policy for a fortune 500 company. The CEO is the signitory of the policy and all employees must verify that they have read it and will follow it. Recently a new group of senior executives have joined the company and have been annoyed that my internal team of expense report reviewers have rejected the execs’ expense reports. 2 weeks ago a friend/colleague told me that I have pissed off the wrong people and I need to watch my back. Specifically, my friend overheard the admin assistant of a C level employee say, “that T&E manager is an a-hole and my boss has had enough of him making my boss (C level exec) pay out of pocket for expenses that used to be covered by the company.”

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

PA

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

At will, full time

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I guess my question is can I do anything to proactively protect my job and reputation? I know the can fire me for any reason but I want them to know that this is not good reason to fire me. I am just doing my job and protecting the company from violating tax laws and regulations. Thanks

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Employment Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 13 minutes by:
12/31/2017
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 3 months ago
Patrick, Esq.
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,882
Experience: Significant experience in all areas of employment law.
Verified

Good evening and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

I appreciate the difficult position you are in here. However, I must unfortunately tell you that this is a situation in which the law will not offer any protection. It is purely a matter of company politics. As an at will employee you can be fired for virtually any non-discriminatory reason, including due to your correct enforcement of company expense policy. It would be horribly unfair, but your employer is not legally required to be fair.

In terms of protecting your reputation, I'm not entirely sure what you mean. You could certainly sue for defamation if anyone makes false statements of fact about you and you can connect those false statements to actual damage (i.e. as payback, an exec falsely tells your future employer that you were terminated for a positive drug test). However, a false statement (i.e. "Bob is an a-hole") of fact is different from an unflattering statement of opinion, which is subjective and by definition not "fact." Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however unflattering it may be, and there is no way to stop people from having opinions or sharing those opinions. Again, this is just office politics and the nature of human relationships.

Politically speaking the best thing you could probably do is get some sort of direct support from the CEO who is the signatory of the policy. Explain that you are experiencing some blowback for enforcing his policy as he has created it. Perhaps the CEO can reach out to the other execs and let them know that you are only following orders and trying to do the job that was assigned to you. Perhaps the CEO will also keep this whole thing in mind if he ever hears anything bad about you, recognizing that it is politically motivated payback and has no connection to your actual performance.

Essentially, the problem you face here is a human problem, not a legal problem. The law is not a factor at all here, and so you need to think of ways to protect yourself from a political standpoint. Again, I think the best way to do that is to communicate with the CEO.

I hope that you find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.

If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.

* Disclaimer *

Just Answer is a venue for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is formed by these communications.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Hello again,

I just wanted to followup with you to make sure that you did not have any further questions or concerns. For some unknown reason, the experts are not always getting replies or ratings (which is how we get credit for our work) that the customer thinks have gone through. In your case I have not yet received either. If you are having technical difficulties with reading, replying or rating, please let me know so that I can inform the site administrator.

In any event, it was a pleasure assisting you and I would be glad to attempt to assist you further on this issue, or a new legal issue, if needed.

Very best wishes.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Patrick, Esq. Your Own Question
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,882
13,882 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Significant experience in all areas of employment law.

Patrick, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,184 satisfied customers

JD, BBA, recognized by ABA for excellence.

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

12,976 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,406 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

12,335 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

3,991 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
In ct. can an employer fire you for not signing a drug
in ct. can an employer fire you for not signing a drug testing consent form if already employed for many years … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
I was drug tested at my work for an “investigation”, I was
I was drug tested at my work for an “investigation”, I was told they had reasonable suspicion, but I come to find out according to our companies own policy they had no grounds to drug test me. The tes… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have an employment law question. At will, salaried. Can a
Can a non compete, non disclosure contract for employment be voided if the person was on psychiatric medication for 2 months before signing it?… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
1,149 satisfied customers
Looking for employment law guidance - regarding an employee
Hi. Looking for employment law guidance - regarding an employee that has gone on disability but we believe is falcifying her condition. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Looking for lawyer who does employment law. I am not sure i
I am not sure i understand your question...? But have a question I want to ask a lawyer who has expertise in employment law. … read more
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Member
Juris Doctorate
491 satisfied customers
I have a question about employment law in regards to a
I have a question about employment law in regards ***** ***** employer who has not paid me final commmisions … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Have a question related to employment law. All of the
Have a question related to employment law JA: Was this discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer? Customer: All of the above... JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or sal… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Employment law question regarding settlement language -- my
Employment law question regarding settlement language -- my former employer will not sign a mutual non-disparagement - I have full disparagement but they only wants to limit to a few employees - more … read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,352 satisfied customers
It's a labor question employment law. I'm seeking a lawyer.
well I was denied unemployment - the employer said I was insubordinate. I am trying to create an appeal and I was hoping the attorney would look at what I wrote.… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,335 satisfied customers
Just wondering about employment law. Both. At will hourly.
it's about annual review being negative and me not getting a raise as a result, and not being able to transfer from a hostile environement… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,108 satisfied customers
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for sexual harassment and FMLA limitations… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
2,864 satisfied customers
Employment law. My manager told the entire department to
employment law. My manager told the entire department to ignore me, not to look at me. also in an auditorium meeting she said "little (name) in the corner" … read more
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Lawyer
13,882 satisfied customers
This question is regarding California Employment Law. I
This question is regarding California Employment Law. I would appreciate a quick response as I would like to make this change, starting tomorrow:I have a part time employee working 25 hours per week. … read more
John
John
Employment Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,991 satisfied customers
I have a question regarding employment law in the state of
I have a question regarding employment law in the state of Texas … read more
Marsha411JD
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,406 satisfied customers
I have a question on employment law in Georgia. It involves
I have a question on employment law in Georgia. It involves a college that falls under the Univeristy System of Georgia. An employee's position was eliminated under the pretense of Reorganization/Redu… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,251 satisfied customers
In Arkansas, under Arkansas EMployment Laws and under the
In Arkansas, under Arkansas EMployment Laws and under the laws of the US Dept of Labor, is it legal to ask an employee that drives a company owned and insured vehicle to pay 1/2 or all of the deductib… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,108 satisfied customers
Hours are required to take a drug test a random drug test
Hours are required to take a drug test a random drug test for a job that we don't have no ram and drugged his policy in our employment hand book … read more
Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq.
Lawyer
13,882 satisfied customers
This is about employment law. No, that is not necessary or
full time and our contract does include a non compete clause … read more
Damien Bosco
Damien Bosco
4,153 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x