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High Anxiety

Dealing with the mental health of your employees.

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This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

An employee who works alone in a warehouse comes to work "increasingly disheveled. His clothes are ill-fitting and often have tears in them. He has also become increasingly antisocial. When he has to talk to a co-worker, he is abrupt and rude. The employer's company handbook states that employees should have a neat appearance at all times. The handbook also states that employees should be courteous to each other."

Question: Can you fire this worker?

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