Shelter supervisor should be suspended for insubordination.
ALJ Joan Salzman recommended a 30-day suspension for a supervisor of a domestic violence shelter who was AWOL, improperly criticized fellow staff members in the shelter's log book, and threatened and/or intimidated his supervisor.
The AWOL charge concerned the supervisor's absence on a legal holiday, July 4th. Because the shelter never closes, staff is expected to work if their regular shift falls on a legal holiday, unless a written request to be excused is approved. ALJ Salzman did not credit respondent's testimony that he orally requested the time off, in the face of more credible testimony to the contrary by petitioner's witnesses.
The ALJ also found respondent insubordinate for continuing to enter complaints about other staff in the official log after being instructed not to do so. In light of on-going conflicts between staff members, the ALJ suggested that mediation might alleviate some of the workplace conflict. Human Resources Admin. v. Uddin (in PDF), OATH Index No. 1286/07 (Oct. 3, 2007).