Can We Be Ordered To Sign A Disciplinary Form?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about write up rules:

On my job, we have a write-up that only lists the allegations and their proposed solutions. There is no space to write your explanation of the situation or rebuttal. We are also forced to sign the write-up or face an additional write-up for not signing the original write-up. Even when the allegations are false. Is the form legal and can they legally force one’s signature?

Signed, Forced and Frustrated

DearĀ Forced and Frustrated:

Many employees find signing at the bottom of write-up to be insulting and they don’t want to do it. However, signing that you received the form or that you are aware of what the action is about and what the decision was, is not an admission of guilt, it is merely a receipt. In fact, it probably says something about acknowledging receipt or understanding the actions taken. But I doubt it says, “I agree with this decision.” Or, “This is to affirm that I am guilty.”

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