Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a “negative attitude”:
I recently received a written reprimand at work for having a “negative attitude” and tone of voice at a staff meeting. I had never received a verbal warning prior to this. They claimed that “several staff and clients have complained about my negativity” but would not provide any proof. Is this legal and how can I dispute it?
Signed, Not Warned
Dear Not Warned:
Your essential question is if giving a written reprimand without a verbal warning is legal. Yes, it is. For one thing, such issues aren’t regulated unless something has occurred which harms the employee and is the result of bias against a protected group. It doesn’t appear that is the case here.