|Never give a verbal or written statement to a principal, supervisor, Law Enforcement Officer, DCF or DOE Investigator without your HSEF Representative!
We all work hard and never expect trouble on the job...
Often times when an issue comes up at work our first thought and good nature is to offer assistance, answer to all directives and do what we can to work towards the best outcome. However, practical advice when it comes to situations that could lead to discipline for you or even to the discipline of a co-worker that you may be questioned about is to notify your site steward or contact your HSEF Representative IMMEDIATELY!
REMEMBER: Prior to answering questions or making a statement to an administrator, law enforcement, DCF or DOE investigator:
ASK: What is the purpose of the meeting? What are the possible consequences of the meeting?
STATE: “I am willing to cooperate with the investigation; however, I am requesting that the investigation be rescheduled at a time when I can have a representative of my choice present.”
DO NOT sign or agree to anything. DO NOT make or write any statements. BE POLITE BUT REMAIN SILENT! There is no such thing as an “unofficial” or “informal” meeting.
You should use the following steps to protect your rights until help arrives:
If confronted with charges, remain calm and courteous.
Ask for your Union Representative to be present. If your rep is not available, ask to reschedule the meeting.
Listen carefully to accusations. Then ask for time to think or to secure information.
Make detailed written notes of the events which occur in any confrontation or accusatory session, or of any other action which appears to be related. Take down every detail, including names of witnesses and others involved while the details are fresh in your mind. Print out and make copies of any relevant correspondence or documents.
In the event of a confrontation or threat to your job, do NOT resign or sign any papers or agreement.
CALL YOUR UNION REP! 813-231-2030