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Is an employee’s refusal to cooperate with an internal investigation a firing offense?

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Q. We have an employee who has declined to cooperate in a workplace investigation into an issue that could threaten our company’s operations. Can we terminate the employee for insubordination?

A. Yes. Employees are obligated to cooperate with their employers’ investigations. Moreover, employers are justified in terminating any employee who refuses to participate in an investigation.

This is especially true when the employer has a policy clearly stating that employees are expected to participate in workplace investigations and that refusing to do so will subject employees to discipline. 

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