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Past tolerance of misbehavior doesn’t mean it can continue

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Some employees believe that if their supervisor tolerates misconduct, those further up the workplace hierarchy can’t do anything about it. That’s not true.

Recent case: Tomas Benitez worked with the same supervisor for decades and got good performance reviews. The boss tolerated Benitez’s suggestive comments, simply warning him on several occasions that he should be careful about what he said.

Then word got to HR about Benitez’s behavior and upper management got involved. HR investigated and found that over a dozen of Benitez’s subordinates felt his conduct was offensive.

When Benitez was terminated, he sued, alleging that since his supervisor never disciplined him for the allegedly offensive conduct, he shouldn’t be fired for it.

The court disagreed, reasoning that a company isn’t stuck with a supervisor’s bad decisions. (Rionda v. HSBC Bank, No. 10-20654, SD FL, 2010)

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Tomas Benitez August 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

The gist of the case was not employee complaints, that was organized by management in December 2008 about 7 months after I had gone to my two superior officers to complain about Iran transferring nuclear materials from Venezuela via Cuba to Iran for development of nuclear projects, and management refused to heed my words and stick with Iran and Venezuela on this matter, there was also the matter which time has proven me right of money laundering going on at the bank.
This is the truth, the rest was made up to hide it.


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