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Posts: 2Joined: 9/3/2005Last Post: 9/28/2005
I have a huge problem and I'm not sure just what to do about it. I terminated an employee with civil service status after what appeared on the surface to be a idea, textbook case of the perfect "progressive disciplinary process" by a supervisor who works for me. I had just been promoted to my position and in hindsight, took the word of the supervisor and someone in our "main" HR office who was in the position of verifying a 4 year process. Too late, I realized that while on the surface, this case was beautiful, some things have come to light that indicate I should have probably checked some things out before making my decision. To make a bad situation worse, the employee I fired has both parents working for our department, both supervisor's and one of them in the same location I manage and I was aware of the animosity between her dad and her supervisor prior to terminating her. Because I foolishly released copies of all documentation we had in her personnel file to a member of her bargaining unit, her mother has brought some inconsistencies to light Because this all revolved around a substance abuse issue, both parents made a point of not involving themselves in any of the disciplinary problems their daughter encountered. It was not until after her termination, the former employee moved in with her parents to seek treatment that they became aware of exactly what had occured to their daughter. Even so, they have pretty much kept it quiet but now I have an even larger problem. At the Arbitration Hearing, the supervisor when asked a direct question about any rehabilitation attempts, for some unexplained reason, he denied any knowledge. To make the rest of this story as short as I can, the Arbitrator's decision went in our favor and was upheld but the reason he gave for upholding the dismissal was because there had been no evidence of any rehabilitation attempts while she was employed! Because no one, including myself expected him to lie about something like this, the forms releasing medical information to him from her rehabilitation facility was not brought to the Hearing. I am sure the parents have hired an attorney to file a civil suit to overturn the decision based on perjurous testimony and I'm not sure what to do about warning our attorney's. I have not spoken to her supervisor about this but fortunately, I was able to quietly arrange for him to relocate since I can tell her father is upset or I'm sure I would have larger issues on my hands. All her father has said is "he lied, and this is not over". Of course that was before the decision was made. Can you advise? Thank you.