Administrative Law Judge Christine Stecura recommended a 79-day suspension for a sanitation worker charged with 51 complaints of violating his employer’s time and leave policy during a 14-month period, including failing to document emergency leave, providing inadequate documentation, and failing to remain accessible while on sick leave.
Judge Stecura sustained the charges and recommended suspension in lieu of termination due to substantial mitigating circumstances as most of the sanitation worker’s absences involved caring for his child, who had a serious medical condition, and the worker subsequently obtained approved leave for this purpose.
Dep’t of Sanitation
v. D.L., OATH Index No. 2434/22