Level of Discipline Decision Factors:

When deciding on the appropriate level of discipline, supervisors should consider the following factors:

  • What are the facts and circumstances of the problem--who, what, when, where, why?
  • How severe is the problem or infraction? What was the impact, or possible impact, of the employee's action?
  • What is the employee's past disciplinary record, and how long has it been since the last disciplinary action?
  • What is the employee's length of service?
  • Are there any aggravating/mitigating circumstances?
  • Were there legitimate obstacles to proper performance?
  • What has department management done in like or similar situations? Has there been consistency in applying discipline in similar situations with other employees?
  • Did the employee receive advance warning of the possible or probable consequences of the employee's conduct/performance?
  • Was there sufficient time to show correction?
  • Was the rule or policy reasonable?
  • Was the investigation objective and complete?
  • What level of discipline will the results of the investigation support?

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