Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Have you give him any warnings?
No nothing, he is 61 and up until recently every body has just let it slip as he,s a grumpy old man but recently its getting out of hand
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Thanks for your patience. His behavior is unacceptable and would justify you taking disciplinary action against him. The fact that he has rather long continuous service should not matter and would not give him any preferential treatment and the main concern in relation to that is how you deal with this in terms of the outcome.
The main right that he has is that he would be protected against unfair dismissal so before you consider going down the dismissal route you need to ensure that you have a fair reason to dismiss and that you have followed a fair procedure. So whilst I would not recommend that you go ahead and dismiss straight away, it certainly does not mean that you cannot discipline him for the way he has acted so far.
I suggest you take him through formal disciplinary procedure, where you investigate the allegations against him first, offer him the chance to defend these and after all that, decide if you have sufficient evidence to discipline. Issue him with a written warning and tell him that he must improve his attitude and that failure to do so and further incidents of a similar nature can result ion further disciplinary action and even dismissal.
If he does not improve then eventually you can consider dismissal but do give him the opportunity to improve firs by issuing this warning
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