Problem Behavior At Workplace While Off-Duty

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about sex on the sidelines:

I have a member of staff who was acting inappropriately with her boyfriend in the workplace but she was not on duty at the time. It is a club where customers were present and saw it happen. People have asked that she be given a written warning but I’m not sure you can do this. Could you clarify the correct procedure please?

Signed, Concerned

Dear Concerned:

There are no hard and fast rules about warnings or other sanctions, since every situation is different. Some large companies have a progressive discipline program that moves from a verbal warning to a written warning before more serious sanctions or dismissal. However, there is always the option to jump the steps if the matter is very serious.

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