Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about badmouthing by a coworker:
I approached our board president (my direct supervisor) with a concern regarding a peer. The concern was that this person was making derogatory statements about her direct reports to others in those same positions, and was asking her direct reports to validate her statements to their superiors. She would say terrible things about one person in particular, even to the extent of saying she would not hire a candidate because this candidate reminded her of the particular staff person. I was brief and simply stated my belief that this was a detriment to the organization and felt it would open us up to legal issues should she fire this particular person.