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I was given this information because I am also the employees referring physician to this office.
My question was a general one. In my instance I called because the employee was using the excuse that they were canceling their appointment with the coverage person because they had too much work to do. So I called to see if the doctor's office to elicit them encouraging her to keep her important appointment and let them know if she does not show up, that it is not because of her work as she told her coverage employee.
yes, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I am informed that she did not have the appointment at all.
This is dishonesty in her request for time off.
Do I have a right to act on this information as it happened, especially since she was using my employment as the reason for not keeping this alleged appointment as she told her coverage person?
Is this defendable on my part?
The employee did not have work to do that could be used as an excuse to cancel, even if this appointment was real. This was not true either.
I just wished to know if what I learned as her physician could be used as me being her employer as well?
Thank you. Also I actually let her go for this several days ago, but she came back to me with added testimony that someone else at the doctor's office would be able to confirm that she did indeed have the appointment, so I hired her back. Only to find out this was also not true and that she had blocked further release of information from her account.
I then presented my knowledge that her added testimony was not true either, gave her the opportunity to tell me the truth and try to establish some form of trust again and she gave more false testimony by stating that she must have talked to someone else about this appointment whom she did not know the name of. I know this is not true either.
So I let her go again because of the continued deception and my lack of trust in her completely.
Thank you very much for your expertise. My question now is did I give enough warning about her dishonesty to defend my decision to terminate her?
Does it make a difference that she aborted the coverage and stayed at work that day?
Thank you once again. She also had other significant examples of dishonesty as well, where she tried to blame another employee for her errors, which she signed off on. I never confronted her with these because of the concern of her reacting negatively, which she did in this case where I presented her with the testimony of the doctor's office staff. She was very irate and hostile toward me and said I was accusing her of being a lier, then she stormed away from me as we were talking. It was very traumatic.
I just don't feel I can ever work with her again, nor trust her.
Thank you very much for all of your time and expertise! You are very knowledgeable and patient.