Not everyone is cut out to be a boss. Some employees just can’t direct others or criticize their work. Their subordinates then miss out on opportunities to improve and overall company productivity falls short of its potential. If a supervisor can’t—or won’t—do his job, termination may be inevitable.
Recent case: Adonis, who is black, worked as a supervisor at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He often deleted emails without opening them, uniformly gave his subordinates sterling evaluations, refused direct orders to prepare more critical and comprehensive evaluations and failed to discipline a tardy worker.
The TSA fired him and he sued, alleging race discrimination. He didn’t get past the initial stage of the lawsuit because it was clear to the court that the agency had the right to expect more from him. (Whitby v. Napolitano, No. 11-10861, 11th Cir., 2012)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Discovered hostile environment? Fix the problem, ensure there's no repeat ... and rest easy
- Personal liability for wage claims
- When promotions favor similar employees, prepare to justify
- Going over supervisor's head may be a protected activity