Employers that take their time to discipline troublesome employees who refuse to follow the rules often make out well if that employee later sues.
That’s because they will have clear and unambiguous evidence that the employee deserved the discipline—not because he was a troublemaker, but because he couldn’t follow the rules others did.
Recent case: Michael was a lieutenant in the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), where he was assigned to be the commander of the Violent Offenders Task Force. The task force was a collaboration between several agencies, including the MPD, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The task force conducted a wiretap investigation of a gang. When Michael learned that some gang members had threatened to kill police officers, he told an assistant U.S. attorney and an ATF agent.
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