Q & A Session – Disrespectful Manager


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.


What remedies are available when a manager is disrespectful, rude or mean to a subordinate supervisor? I have read your columns on disrespectful behavior in the workplace, are there similar rules for management?


The answer to the second question – are there similar rules for management – is yes, although a supervisor might be granted some leeway in dealing with a difficult or recalcitrant employee. If the subordinate is disrespectful, work with HR to figure out how to document the misconduct and start the disciplinary process.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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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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