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If employee refuses to cooperate with investigation, feel free to fire

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Not everyone wants to cooperate when an employer begins investigating discrimination or harassment charges. That’s especially true if an employee’s job is on the line because the charges involve him.

The thinking: Why help dig your own grave? Let HR figure out what happened. Don’t say anything that might court more trouble.

Of course, when employees won’t talk, that puts investigators at a disadvantage.

One solution is to tell all em­­ployees they must cooperate. Otherwise, they risk being disciplined. If that doesn’t work, you now have an option: Go ahead and fire the employee for re­­fusing to help with the investigation.

Recent case: John supervised a staff of subordinates, including a lesbian who married her partner. Around the same time, John proposed putting her on a performance improvement plan (PIP) because he felt she wasn’t working up to capacity. The woman refused to sign off on the PIP. Instead, she went to HR wi...(register to read more)

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