My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Ohio
I've been working for this company for 10 straight years. It is in the banking/financial/credit industry. We have certain internet services that we can use to search for good phone numbers for our clients. A year and a half ago some of us in my department started using one of these services for business needs. We received no training on how to properly use this outside service.
Now, a bunch of us are being written up for searching ourselves to confirm the accuracy of this internet service. These searches took place almost 2 years ago and we are just now being repromanded. Some of my peers have been fired for "security code of conducts" for this. Those getting terminated are people who have some form of corrective action in their history with the company. If it is your first occurance, you get to keep your job, if it is your second, you are walked out. One person in this group had just been written up on a "code of conduct" for email security issues. 30 days later this person was pulled down to HR for searching themselves on this internet service. This person should have been fired according to company policy of having 2 code of conduct occurances in their entire employment with this company (especially since they were pretty much back to back) This employee was not fired and got to keep their job, although the 2 other people who were in that same situation, were terminated.
I was pulled down to HR on December 1st because I have searched myself on that internet system. I have a prior code of conduct from years ago, they have been "investigating" my case on wether or not to terminate me. If I get fired for this do I and the fellow co-workers who have been terminated, have any case for a discrimination law suit against this company? I have put a lot of time and effort into this job and those of us who are getting written up/terminated for this are really good, honest employees that I have worked with for years. We were NOT trained or signed any documentaion about that internet service and now some of us are being fired while others are not.
I believe in being honest and working hard. I just wanted to know if anyone had any CONSTRUCTIVE advice about this situation? Thanks for your time.