What is the name of your state? NC
Background: I am the General Manager. I have an immediate boss, Regional Manager. Accusation came from a Manager under me, who reports directly to me. This manager is openly bitter about not receiving the job I hold now. I came from the outside of the company. I am in my 7th month.
Nut shell, its a troubled business in need of a dramatic turn around. I have made great steps in the right direction. I was hired to do the turn around.
On two seperate occasions, roughly 3 months apart. I was accused, without evidence or proof, of being an alcoholic.
Both times, the information was taken to the Regional Manager, and both times brought to me by the Regional Manager.
To clear something up... it is not true... and no I'm not in first stage denial either.
Both times it was claimed that I was seen stumbling and slurring of words. It was also further claimed I had been drinking in my office.
Initially, I took this as bitter grapes and a low degree of insubordination.
The Manager accusing also declared that he was there on behalf of two other managers, and as a group they thought there was a problem.
I investigated, and have found out that the 2 other managers knew nothing about it, had made no claim and have drafted letters declaring that. (I believe them)
I have later been told, via a Manager for a Competitor, that the Accusing Manager interviewed for a job with his company. In the interview process, he declared he was leaving because his boss (me) was an alcoholic. Fortunately for me, he told it to the wrong person... a friend of mine.
So it is a two fold question:
What do you do with the employee making the accusations? Not legally related really, just advice.
What, if anything should I do about this undeserved shadow hanging over my head?
Possible Questions you may have:
Do I want to stay working here? Toss a coin. The fundamental issues with the company are not on the local level but rather on a corporate level and the success of making the needed changes is very questionable.
Is the accusing Manager valuable? Yes actually he is, but also a liability. Basically if he decides to be a team player he is an asset, otherwise he is a liability.
Did your boss, the Regional Manager believe it? Im sad to report, I think he did. It is clear, that if he had to bring it up 2 times, he thinks there is a degree of truth in there somewhere. (there really isnt)
Do you drink at work? YES. (I bet that surprised some people) I will consume an alcoholic beverage when entertaining clients. I infact wrote the rules/guidelines for alcohol consumption when entertaining. (no more then 3 drinks if included with a meal, 1 otherwise)
Is it normal to consume alcohol with clients? It is very much part of the industry and a generally accepted and expected aspect.
Have you ever, in past jobs, been accused of drinking? No. Infact, I am known for my high degree of character, morality and professionalism.... something I do not want to see tarnished.
Thanks in Advance.