What’s the legal standard for firing an executive for behaving inappropriately?

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Q. We recently held a three-day meeting and on the second night one of the regional account executives proceeded to drink too much and behave very badly. He failed to show up for the final day of the meeting. Is this grounds for dismissal?

A. Assuming the manager is an at-will employee, you could decide to terminate him for bad behavior at the company event or for missing the final day of the meeting. However, before you pull the trigger, look at your past practices.

Has anything similar occurred before? How did the company handle that situation? Be careful to act consistently, especially if this executive is in a different protected class than other executives who have exhibited similar conduct.

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