Chief under restraining order for harassing firefighters

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Loganville, Ga., has found a unique way to deal with an allegedly roguish, abrasive manager.

Twenty months ago, a judge placed the local fire chief, Terry Pilcher, under a restraining order that prevents him from coming within 500 feet of nearly half of the 23 firefighters in his company.

Senior Superior Court Judge Marvin Sorrells imposed the order after reviewing the firefighters’ allegations that the chief threatened them, cursed them and harassed one of them about his weight. The judge likened the chief’s alleged behavior to stalking.

The case now moves on to the Georgia Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the chief is holding regular staff meetings and carrying out his duties from a desk across town at the Loganville City Hall.

Tip: Don’t wait for employees to file harassment charges against their supervisors. A better approach: Pull bullying managers aside and start progressive discipline. It’s your job to make sure all employees are treated with respect. 

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