What to do if one of my assistant managers threatened another co-worker at the co-workers residence and told them they better not come back to work?

I am the manager of a business. Am I legally allowed to discharge the assistant manager for harassment? I am in an employment “at will” state.

Asked on November 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Does such a discharge violate exisiting company policy? Does this employee have a union agreement or employment contract that controls such a situation? Can the employee make any claim of actoinable discrimination? If not, then in an at-will employment relationhip, an employor may discharge an employee for this reason, any reason or no reason at all. 

To confirm your rights/responsibilities, you may want to consult directly with an employment law attornry in your area.


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