Q & A Session – Personnel Problems


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.


My office has two employees who do not get along. Periodically, one employee acts as acting supervisor because he is a higher grade. Every time this employee is placed into a position of authority there are problems between the two. Both have filed complaints against each other and senior management has decided not to act on the complaints. Is there anything that I can do or say to them?


Are you the supervisor? If so, you should be making judgments about discipline for one or both for reasons that promote the efficiencies of the service. There is also the possibility of mediation. You cannot just let this go. Ask employee relations for advice.

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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