It depends. What is the relationship of the manager and the employee? Are other people within ear-shot? Does the female worker want another person in the room?
It is good policy that if an employee (who is being reprimanded) requests a witness, one should be made available. Likewise, if the employee wants a witness the manager may want one too.
I can only address this question from the perspective of conflict management. You may want to also get a legal opinion from an attorney in order to address this question and the legal ramifications of this scenario.
Question added to topic Grow Your Business • July 23, 2009
What is the best way to reprimand female workers?
When male managers are reprimanding female workers should another woman be in the room as a witness?
Elinor Robin, "The Relationship Mediator," has more than 18 years of experience in mediation while working within the public and private sectors.