Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being accused of having sensitive files.
What are my rights when being wrongly accused at a Florida company? I have worked for this company for over five years. They are saying I have sensitive files on my hard drive. I have no clue how they got there. I am on administrative leave while they review the case.
Signed, What Are My Rights?
Dear What Are My Rights?
You may have no rights unless you have a contract and/or protection of a union. I sent your inquiry to a Florida attorney, Bonnie Jordan, who occasionally serves as a guest respondent to our site, not to provide legal advice, but who helps educate those who send questions that relate to legal matters. Her remarks suggest that employers can pretty much do as they wish unless the individual is in a protected class such as discriminated because of disability, sex, race, religion, national origin, age. However, if you have evidence to prove that someone placed or could have placed sensitive files on your computer, you might have a way to defend yourself in this investigation.