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Can I be charged for insubordination if I hesitated to receive and sign a document...

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evafuerte | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM via web

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Can I be charged for insubordination if I hesitated to receive and sign a document that was given by my supervisor?

The content of the document stated false accusations against me.  I refused to sign and my supervisor threatened me for insubordination.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 13, 2008 at 11:22 AM (Answer #1)

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With these types of situations, the outcome will vary based on the specific rules of the company, as well as state laws.  Many companies have specific procedures regarding an employees refusal to sign an evaluation, but not all do.  What is clear is that, if you disagree with the evaluation, you should pursue it.  Speak to the human resources director about this, and try to come to compromise or agreement with your supervisor.  For example, some states/companies require that an employee be allowed to attach a written statement with an evaluation.

Also, consider that signing the evaluation doesn't necessarily mean that you agree with it.  In some cases, signature only implies that you have seen it.  You need to clarify with your supervisor and with the human resources director what your signature will mean. 

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