Verbal Warning Long After

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about old misbehavior:

I have been given a verbal warning yesterday for something I did 18 months ago. Is my employer allowed to do this after so long?

Signed, Warned About Back When

Dear Warned About Back When:

Yes is the short answer to your question. To the best of my knowledge, there is no law defining when a warning must be given unless it is part of a union contract. And I predict you don’t have a union, because if you did, you would not be writing the Workplace Doctors this kind of question. The larger question begged by so belated a warning is: Why now? The important underlying issue is: are you adding value to your workplace? Can you say, “Yes, they need me? They can depend on me. I do my job and more. I cooperate. I get along. I’m a team player”?

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