So, I'm running up against the same critique repeatedly for multiple big plot points, and while I think it's somewhat valid, I'm trying to figure out how far to take it. My villan is embedded in a corporate hierarchy (head editor of a major cable news network), so she's a big boss, and in a few flashbacks she's a lower level boss (political division editor). I have three-ish people who keep telling me she's unrealistic because in the real world someone would have reported her to HR a long time ago and she'd have been fired. So, the question becomes how functional the HR Department needs to be in my hive of corporate villainy - especially in flashbacks before the whole place went to hell in a handbasket. On the one hand, I can see the validity of the critique. On the other hand, I think MOST fictional corporate villains could have been weeded out if they had a functional HR department and/or victims who had actually complained to said HR department (which is another issue). I mean, if Jurassic Park had a solid HR operation, at the very least they'd have gotten rid of the idiot who tried to steal all the embryos. That, and having had some interaction with "workplace bullying" groups in the past, I know they tend to advise victims of emotional/verbal abuse NOT to go to HR, because in some companies the HR department works backwards - as an intelligence collection service feeding info to abusive bosses so that they can eliminate "squeaky wheels". All that said, I really do not WANT to write a scene where my action-reporter protagonist has to deal with "Jenny from HR" to establish that the HR operation at this place sucks (darn, I just gave the HR character a name and a face). Any thoughts? I definitely want it to feel realistic, but I'm also worried that over-considering this angle is a road to hell plot-wise.