what recourse would a person have if their management team has made costly decisions because of substance abuse?

I work for a national company that has several hundred branches in the US. Each
location is called a profit center and the manager has the discretion to hire and
fire and make the normal decisions a manager has. Our Manager has hired some very
costly and poor employees that have cost us not only salaries but loss of profit
due to theft or other circumstances, not to mention said manager is never
available in the office to to his addiction. We are paid a salary but get a
yearly profit sharing bonus that is suppose to be a large part of our pay but due
to making decisions while impaired has cost us quite a lot of money and may even
result in job loss for certain employees. I can go on about his behavior but I am
sure this is not a new story. The list goes on and on including making poor
decisions with vendors/reps that are costly as well.

Asked on March 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no recourse: this is unfortunate, but perfectly legal. The law does not enforce good management or decision making; employers (i.e. managers at any level) are legally allowed to make bad hires, manage poorly, make frankly stupid decisions, etc., regardless of the effect on the company, owners/shareholders, or other employees. The most dramatic example of this was the U.S. auto industry during the Great Recession: due to years of bad management, two of three multi-billion car makers had to be bailed out by the government or go under, and the bad decision making was perfectly legal. You can *try* going to upper management, who could overrule him, but that is risky: often, upper management backs lower management  reflexively or out of policy and may legally retaliate against the complaining employees.


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