Can someone be fired for comments overheard by a co-worker?
In this situation, after work while walking to their cars, Kathy is speaking negative/confrontational comments to Bob about her dislike of Mary... Mary overhears and runs to HR. Is Kathy now at risk of losing her job?
i agree with bill
There's not enough info to make that call for. Is Bob Mary's boss? What kind of comments were they--are they of a sexual nature or racist? Mary would hold to prove that she is being harassed. While it would be prudent of Kathy to not say those things to Bob while on work premises, it isn't cut and dry. Yes. In a right to work state you can be fired for anything or nil.
IMHO, if you are creating a hostile work environment by insulting/threatening a co-worker, that may be enough to let you go.
Without a contract or a association, they can fire Kathy because they didn't like the color of the shirt she wore to work that day. The only interrogate is whether she would be eligible for unemployment benefits or not.
it would depend i guess on company policies and paperwork you signed when you get hired depends on the statements made, and local laws
bureau politics at its best. some things are best to do outside of office hours and showing affection is one of them. If Kathy wishes to keep her job she wants to change her ways and tone it down in a major instrument yeah we need more info, are we talking threats of a beatdown, or just i don't resembling this person's work ethic, yadayadayada...in which case one would just be stirring the ****, so to speak.