Public Employer Takes A Stand Against Poor Performance in Government Employment
Public Employer Takes A Stand Against Poor Performance in Government Employment.
Public Employer sought to demote a long term government employee. The instances of poor performance and abuse of sick leave dated back years. The issue in the case was that employer had not engaged in any substantial progressive discipline. Although there had been several warnings, there had been no documentation of the poor performance or no attempt to put the employee on a plan to improve his performance with set goals.
The employee appealed his demotion and the case was tried in arbitration. On behalf of the employer, through the examination of 8 witnesses, substantial documentary evidence, and cross-examination of the employee, we were able to establish that there was good cause for the demotion and prevailed in the arbitration. The employee’s demotion was upheld. Winning the case sent a message to the other government employees that the stereotype of a government employee was no longer acceptable.