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  • Was I right to fire this employee? Pennsylvania

    I had a housekeeper that just started drawing partial unemployment from me. I told her that I had plenty of work available and she was going to start working 40 hours per week. She agreed. All the other housekeepers got finished work at 2 pm and I had her stay and start to scrub the grout on the tile floors in the lobby. She wasn't happy doing that, even though they do it in the bathroom every day.

    I told her to work 'till 6pm, as that would give her enough time to get all of the lobby done. She told me she was only going to work 'till 4pm. I told her it was not her choice. She worked on the floor for 2 hours and got up to leave. I asked her where she was going. She announced across the lobby, and in earshot of our guests, "I'm not a (N word) and I'm going home."

    I told her that language was totally unacceptable and I wouldn't put up with it. She then repeated herself and I fired her. I am in Pennsylvania and I think I did the right thing. Input?

    Thanks

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    Yes you are and if she files for UI benefits dispute them as she walked off job!
    http://www.parentnook.com/forum/

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    • #3
      Sounds like she wanted a check, but did not want to work.

      I hope the door did not hit her on the way out!

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      • #4
        I'd have fired her.

        Be sure you tell the UI office exactly why you fired her, too.
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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        • #5
          Stuff like this makes me love security cameras even more. Absolute hard core proof, and ya have it on tape!

          Oh, wait. We're out of the 1990's now. Ok, you have it on disk!
          I don't believe what I write, and neither should you. Information furnished to you is for debate purposes only, be sure to verify with your own research.
          Keep in mind that the information provided may not be worth any more than either a politician's promise or what you paid for it (nothing).
          I also may not have been either sane or sober when I wrote it down.
          Don't worry, be happy.

          http://www.rcfp.org/taping/index.html is a good resource!

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          • #6
            Talking about security cameras... I had a new system installed the morning of the incident. All cameras were filming and recording audio, but none were recording to disk.

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            • #7
              Hell, yes, I'd have fired her - and personally escorted her to the door. Neither her language nor her behavior was remotely tolerable.

              Not only was her comment beyond the pale, she was grossly insubordinate.

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              • #8
                I would say if your telling the truth then it would be a good reason, but if your ommitting some things to help make sure you dont have to pay uninployment benifits then thats a different story..

                so I hope this was on camera
                pigz
                Last edited by pigz; 02-23-2010, 10:14 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pigz View Post
                  I would say if your telling the truth then it would be a good reason, but if your ommitting some things to help make sure you dont have to pay uninployment benifits then thats a different story..

                  so I hope this was on camera
                  pigz
                  That was really inapprorpriate---Why don't you just come out and call the OP a liar?
                  Somedays you're the windshield and somedays you're the bug.

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                  • #10
                    That was a rude and uneccessary remark by pigz.

                    Did you do the right thing? Absolutely! There is never an excuse to use language like that.
                    Not everything in America is actionable in a court of law. Please remember that attorneys are in business for profit, and they get paid regardless of whether or not you win or lose.

                    I offer my knowledge and experience at no charge, I admit that I am NOT infallible, I am wrong sometimes, hopefully another responder will correct me if that is the case with the answer above, regardless, it is your responsibility to verify any and all information provided.

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                    • #11
                      Pigz has had his posting privileges cancelled once already for inappropriate comments and he is well on his way to having it happen again.

                      Take notice, squills/pigz.
                      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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                      • #12
                        I was not calling anyone a liar, Iam just saying there is always 2 sides to a story, and if you have this on camera it would help out ALOT. if not its just your word vs her word..

                        Geeee people sorry for not saying it right.

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                        • #13
                          Employee hearing

                          Well the employee I was asking about at the start of this post has filed an appeal. We won the first appeal, and now she has appealed that. We have a hearing scheduled next week. My question is this, my notice states:

                          Specific issues to be considered in this appeal - #47 - Section 501 (e) - Whether appellant filed a timely and valid appeal from the initial determination.

                          ONLY QUESTIONS OF TIMELINESS WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THIS HEARING. NO TESTIMONY WILL BE TAKEN ON THE MERITS OF THIS CASE.

                          Could someone please tell me what this means and what I will need to bring?

                          Thanks-Scott

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                          • #14
                            That's saying that the ONLY issue to be heard is whether she filed the appeal on time. No other statements or evidence will be allowed.
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                            • #15
                              Thanks Patty.

                              But how do I, as the former employer know if she filed on time or not? I can't possibly imaging why I would have to be there.

                              Scott

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