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Written Warning Before Verbal Warning Maryland

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1,039 words with 2 Comments; publish: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:32:00 GMT; (80062.50, « »)

After being at a company for 2.5 months, I was given a letter this morning. The letter was a written warning of things that were not previously discussed.

I decided not to sign the letter before getting legal advice. Why should I be given a written warning before a verbal warning? My boss never even mentioned these things as issues. For instance, on the letter, it states that I've been using the Internet excessively. However, my boss has never come to me and said there was an issue with my internet use. If there had been - of couse I'd have cut back on my internet use.

So the question is, should I sign this written warning, if I hadn't even been given any prior warning?

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    • There is no law saying that you cannot be given a written warning before you are given a verbal warning.

      It's up to you whether to sign or not. Signing does not mean you agree with the contents; it means you have been advised of management's view on the matter. You can be fired for not signing.

      #1; Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:46:00 GMT
    • thank you for your quick response.
      #2; Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:48:00 GMT