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Employee refuses to cooperate with internal investigation? That’s a firing offense

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Just as employers have a responsibility to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, employees have an obligation to cooperate with internal investigations. Refusing to do so can be grounds for termination.

You can make such a dismissal stick if you inform employees of their ob­li­­gation to cooperate at the time they are hired.

Recent case: Jamel was born in Tunisia and raised as a Muslim. He married an American woman and converted to Christianity. After becoming an American citizen, he applied for a job as a Customs and Border Pro­­tect­­ion officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Jamel underwent a background investigation and, when he was hired, promised to fully cooperate in any in­­vestigations into conduct that might violate DHS standards of conduct.

A confidential source tipped off the DHS that one of its border officers, who was allegedly from Tunisia and worked out of the Buffalo office, was willing to ...(register to read more)

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