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Employee discipline requires discretion

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Bruce McDougall

It takes a delicate hand to apply a uniform approach to inappropriate behaviour.

During the second hour of an intense examination for discovery, a junior associate asked a series of questions while a more senior partner from his firm looked on with obvious exasperation. Leaning forward in her chair, tapping her pen, shaking her head, the partner finally raised her hand and told him to stop talking. “How can you ask such stupid questions?” she said.

Humiliated, the associate went silent and remained that way throughout...