Yes, always take meticulous notes. In some states like CA it is illegal to record a conversation without a person's consent.

I have gone up against HR a few times myself and no matter how much proof I have of misconduct by someone above me, they've always found my allegations to be "unsubstantiated." They always protect their own.

Thank you for this advice and context.

Alejandro Diaz writes extensively on culture, politics, and the workplace.

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