Does a department supervisor have the right to demand that you show him an email you’re typing to HR, or to tell you not to send it?

Posted  05-10-2013

Ann Kiernan replies:

No. Managers do not have the right to interfere with employee access to Human Resources, or to the company hotline, compliance office, ombudsman, or any similar resource. You should be able to consult any of those offices in confidence.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.