Help! A lying employee is threatening us!

We have an employee that asked us on a Thursday if she could take off the next day, Friday, to get a restraining order against her ex. We found out from several people that she took off that Friday to go to the beach for the weekend. We then asked her to show us proof on Monday that she indeed got a restraining order and she said she could get her husband to fax it right over. He never did. Then she told us she had to go to another town to get it out of her husband’s truck. Never happened. Then she told us it was none of our business what she did on Friday, and that it was her personal life.

With so many lies, the Director decided it was time to write her up for lying about her taking off. She was told unless you have a restraining order dated on that Friday, you are not to report to work. Now her boyfriend has threatened our Director and come to our office.

Posted 08-04-2010

Ann Kiernan replies:

Call the police! Now it’s time for you to get a restraining order against the boyfriend. In many states, employers who have been threatened with violence are entitled to an order of protection barring the person from the workplace and forbidding any contact with the company. If you have a picture of the boyfriend, make sure to give copies to your receptionist and to security.

Did you know that about 1/3 of workplace violence incidents are spill-overs from domestic violence? Make sure your managers know how to recognize the warning signs of violence and take preventive measures. Our 1-hour Preventing Workplace Violence webinar can help you keep your workplace safe.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.