Written Warning For First Time Infraction

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about signing a warning:

I have been told I am being given a written warning for spending too much time on personal phone calls. I have mitigating circumstances for doing such, due to my house flooding and not having a home. I have spent some time making phone calls to ensure that I have a place to live. I am in management and my president did not offer any verbal warning for this infraction. My company is downsizing due to the economy and they have already informed me that I have to let my only employee go. I now feel like they are trying to start a paperwork trail on me to discharge me instead of my only employee since his salary is much less than mine. I have never received any disciplinary actions up to this point. Should I sign the disciplinary notice? I feel if I do that I am admitting to willfully disobeying company policy and sealing my fate.

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Do I Have To Sign A Written Reprimand?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about signing a warning:

I called a co-worker an inappropriate word in front of witnesses. I was angry at how this person was treating me. I have since made a public apology to this person. The Manager told me that I will be written up for this. Since we are a branch office, there is no HR person on site. An HR representative will be doing a routine visit next week and I was told I have a scheduled meeting with this person on Wednesday. All I know is that I will get a written warning. Can they do anything to me if I refuse to sign it? What are my rights with a written reprimand?

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