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What can you do when a co-worker comes into work acting (and smelling) drunk?

I have a co-worker who repeatedly comes into work acting drunk. The dentist knows this but won’t do anything about it. What should I do in this situation?



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Working under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is unethical conduct and (in my state) is a fine-able offense. You can even lose your license so it is not acceptable! If this is not a “licensed” coworker it is still not appropriate. Have you actually spoken to your doctor about this and let him or her know the liability that is bringing to the office? If the doctor refuses to do anything about it, there is not much you can do except maybe filing an anonymous complaint with your state’s dental board.

 

It is also important to remember that if somebody has a drinking problem where they are coming to work intoxicated on a somewhat regular basis, then there are some deep issues going on in their life. This doesn’t give them an excuse to come into work drunk, but it might be worthwhile taking the approach with the dentist that you are concerned for their health, rather than having the dentist think you are just trying to get the other person in trouble. The dentist could maybe offer to get the employee some help that they need. It’s a very difficult situation though.

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I would think that if you have noticed, then others have too, including patients. In that event, patients may choose to leave the practice. I guarantee you if that starts to happen the Dr will step up. It’s a difficult situation. I agree whole heartedly with Kara in that you need to address it in a way that show concern toward the coworkers overall health and well being! Good luck!

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Immediately report this employee. This in unacceptable

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How can the dentist know and not do anything!? The employee and the dentist can be sued if anything goes wrong and could loose their license. It needs to be reported ASAP. Its unprofessional, unethical and hazardous to the patients.

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This sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen! I’d ask the doctor to handle or let him know you will if he won’t! He has an oath to protect his patients! And his employees as well!

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