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Firing for ‘dishonesty’? Offer specifics about what happened

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Like most employers, you probably have general rules about what constitutes a firing offense—and “dishonesty” is probably on the list of no-no’s. It’s a vague term, subject to interpretation.

That’s a good reason to make your disciplinary records specific. You want to show exactly why you believe a particular incident violated your dishonesty rule.

Recent case: Denise, who is black, was fired from her job as a driver for UPS after several suspensions because of package-delivery irregularities. UPS has a general dishonesty rule that includes misstatements about delivery times, methods and customer package instructions. Violating the rules could warrant discipline, up to discharge.

The company uses a hand-held delivery tracking device that requires drivers to record each package along the way, including when and where it was delivered, each delivery attempt and any special customer requests or comments. That way, customers can...(register to read more)

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