ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NOT USED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN THE SUMMARIES OF JUDICIAL AND QUASI-JUDICIAL DECISIONS PREPARED BY NYPPL

November 29, 2011

Employee denied additional probationary period


Employee denied additional probationary period
In Re Holbrook, 78 A.D.2d 840

The agency terminated the employee for failing to satisfactorily complete his probationary period because “his conduct towards his peers and subordinates engendered hostility, he failed to follow...policy respecting the routing and handling of legal department mail causing unnecessary delays...and he took upon himself the task of reviewing the operations of the legal department...diverting...from the work priorities his superiors had established for him”.

The employee sued and a State Supreme Court judge granting Holbrook petition and directed that the employer extend the individual’s probationary period for 12 weeks.

The Appellate Division overturned the lower court’s ruling, holding that there was a clearly ample rational justification for the termination since “(the employee) in his reply affidavit virtually confirms [the employer’s] observations” concerning his performance of his duties.

The court also rejected the employee’s representation that his dismissal was motivated by his uncovering and reporting his immediate supervisor’s poor management practices. 

CAUTION

Subsequent court and administrative rulings, or changes to laws, rules and regulations may have modified or clarified or vacated or reversed the decisions summarized here. Accordingly, these summaries should be Shepardized® or otherwise checked to make certain that the most recent information is being considered by the reader.
THE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. AGAIN, CHANGES IN LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND NEW COURT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS MAY AFFECT THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS LAWBLOG. THE MATERIAL PRESENTED IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE, OR CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING SUCH MATERIAL, DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.
New York Public Personnel Law Blog Editor Harvey Randall served as Principal Attorney, New York State Department of Civil Service; Director of Personnel, SUNY Central Administration; Director of Research, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations; and Staff Judge Advocate General, New York Guard. Consistent with the Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations, the material posted to this blog is presented with the understanding that neither the publisher nor NYPPL and, or, its staff and contributors are providing legal advice to the reader and in the event legal or other expert assistance is needed, the reader is urged to seek such advice from a knowledgeable professional.
Copyright 2009-2024 - Public Employment Law Press. Email: n467fl@gmail.com