Q&A Session – Management Discipline


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Can management be disciplined if cameras are in the interview area and there is a Memorandum of Understanding that specifies that cameras should not be in that area?


It is difficult to tell the context of this question. As a general rule, a lower level employee cannot order, mandate, or insist upon the discipline of a higher level manager. The lower level employee could report what he or she perceives as wrongdoing to an even higher level of management that the wrongdoer. That higher level manager could then decide to discipline the offending lower level manager.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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