WITH THE ROGUE SUPERVISOR.
Is the Fitness for Duty Exam only for the rank and file?
Is the Fitness for Duty
Exam only for the rank and file members? This article will
cover suggested ways of dealing with the rogue supervisor. We
all know them, we all have them, the question is what do we do with
Fortunately, since we are
dealing with supervisors, most of the work is already done for us
- by them.
courts have held
that the following behaviors are grounds to order a FFD exam:
This can easily
translate into excessive use of power. This supervisor is the
one who is constantly disciplining members for no reason and who
imposes hefty discipline for minor infractions. The
supervisor that stalks you, drives by your home, shows up at your
vacation home, calls your spouse.
This is the
supervisor who has by all accounts been a fair and respected supervisor
but out of the blue turns into your worst nightmare. Or this
could be the supervisor who is usually on top of his game but has for
unknown reasons stopped paying attention or caring about how things are
run at work.
Pay attention to
the interactions between your supervisor and his supervisor(s).
Chances are good that he is having the same problems with
them as you are having with him. Sh*t runs downhill.
This does not refer
only to those under the supervisor but could include the way the
supervisor is dealing with the civilian workers in your department.
of Sick Leave
Although this is
harder to identify with supervisors as they have more leave to take,
look into the amount of time the supervisor in question is using
compared to the amount of time he/she usually takes. Remember
this information is public record so if all else fails, you can submit
Open Public Records request (OPRA).
This applies to
supervisors and the rank & file. As a supervisor,
there are responsibilities and duties that should be done. Is
the supervisor reviewing and signing reports? I mean really
reading them? Is he catching and correcting the obvious
mistakes or is he having a senior officer handle it? Is he
addressing manpower and safety issues? Or is he delegating?
Is he running the shift? Or is it running itself?
Leaving early? Coming in late?
where most supervisors fall. This is the supervisor that
wants to dock an officers pay for a single minute, then give
him a three day suspension on top of it for being late. The
supervisor who tears up the doctor's note. The one who orders
3 officers to a Fitness for Duty Exams for having facial hair at
$600 per exam. The rocket scientist that releases protected
medical information on his Facebook page. The list is
what do you do with these supervisors? The Union needs to
protect its members from these supervisors who are clearly out of
control and place their officers in danger either from their overly
aggressive tactics - the supervisor who bullies his officers and then
writes them up for not accepting the mistreatment gracefully
or the supervisor who is so blinded by his thirst for power that he
makes poor decisions - OR - the supervisor who clearly could care less
about anything, does not want to make waves or get involved and allows
a potentially dangerous situation to continue. (Going an
entire shift with malfunctioning radios.)
should document this behavior from their supervisors and request that
the Supervisor be sent to a Fitness for Duty Exam to ensure
the safety of the rest of the department, don't wait until it's too
late. If you see the warning signs, put in a written request
enumerating the questionable behavior and ask for the exam.