Insubordination, neglect of duty, and unbecoming conduct
OATH Index No. 1372/14
A respiratory therapist [RT] was charged with insubordination, neglect of duty, and unbecoming conduct. OATH Administrative Law Judge Faye Lewis found that RT neglected his duty by failing to answer multiple telephone calls from the emergency room relating to a trauma patient and failing to respond to the emergency room in a timely manner.
However, the appointing authority did not establish that RT was insubordinate or that he engaged in unbecoming conduct by initiating an argument with staff. Penalty recommended was a 60-day suspension without pay.
The decision is posted on the Internet at: http://archive.citylaw.org/oath/11_Cases/14-1372.pdf