Procedural gaffe allows snoozing guard to escape firing

Mar 9, 2016 By: Brian Greenlee

A strong case for discharging an employee for sleeping on duty was derailed by the agency’s failure to afford him due process.

Firing wrong prescription for nurse’s inaction over HIPAA violation

Nov 30, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

The grievant’s termination for failing to report a co-worker’s breach of patient confidentiality was not consistent with discipline meted out to other employees involved in the incident.

Town improperly ended cop’s Sandy Hook-related disability benefits

Nov 19, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

Cessation of the grievant’s long-term mental disability benefits based on an insurance policy provision lacked contractual and historical support.

Prison guard escapes termination for off-duty pot use

Sep 25, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

Where the agency’s words didn’t match its deeds, an arbitrator reduced a federal employee’s firing for off-duty drug use to a less-severe penalty.

Hiding contamination puts heat on bread-dough mixer, gets him fired

Aug 31, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

The grievant’s failure to take to heart the idiom “honesty is the best policy” resulted in his discharge for attempted cover up of a production mistake.

Worker’s poor judgment doesn’t equal ‘disgraceful conduct’

Aug 27, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

Where the main issue was witness credibility, an arbitrator reduced a firing to a 10-day suspension A male employee of Lancaster, Pa.,

Agency ‘jumps the gun’ on employee’s firing

Jul 6, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

Where the parties’ collective bargaining agreement required “just cause” for an employee’s discipline and/or discharge, the agency’s failure to comply with a vital procedural step was fatal to its termination of an officer for purported serious misconduct.

‘Good intentions’ save employee from assault-based firing

Jul 2, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

Pulling a driver from his vehicle, subduing him and throwing away his keys doesn’t automatically get you fired if your intentions are “good.”

Cop’s half-cocked behavior triggers firing

Jun 30, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

A police officer was fired for exercising poor judgment in discharging his weapon in a residential area, and his refusal to give his version of the facts.

Bow and arrow + pillow fort = termination

May 20, 2015 By: Brian Greenlee

At some point, an employer loses patience with an insubordinate and potentially threatening employee.  In this case, a bow and arrow and

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