Can a manager be “written up” if his employee does not follow a workplace rule?

Steve Duggan replies:

Generally, the answer is “yes.” A manager has the responsibilities of ensuring employees are fully trained and are following workplace rules. If the employer finds that the employees were not trained or were not monitored properly, the manager can and should be disciplined for that failure of managerial performance. On the other hand, if the manager did fulfill his responsibilities, I believe a savvy employer would not punish a manager for what was solely the employee’s responsibility.

Posted 10-10-2017

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.