Labour Help Desk: Discipline

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Here is the advice our panel of experts gave about discipline to a subscriber:

Question: What steps must I take to discipline my manager?

One of my managers who has worked for me for six months verbally abuses and behaves aggressively towards other staff members. I’ve issued him with a final written warning for sexual harassment in the past.

I’ve spoken to him about this and he says he’s just trying to do his job, and that the issue lies with the staff who refuse to listen to his instructions.

Answer:
You must discipline the manager for his behaviour towards the employees in the same way that you disciplined him for sexual harassment.

Convene an enquiry and, if he’s found guilty of, for example, inappropriate behaviour towards his colleagues, you can issue a written warning or final written warning valid for 12 months.

If he transgresses again after this, you may have good reason to dismiss him.

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