What does an employee have to do to get fired?

Luis Suarez’s refusal to shake the hand of Patrice Evra put Liverpool Football Club in a difficult position. It’s clear his actions have brought more negative focus onto the club. The clubs response was to issue a statement saying they were disappointed in his actions. They also stated that he had told them in advance of the game that he would shake hands,

Given he has brought the club into such disrepute should the club not take stronger action? In normal business life if an employee had behaved in such a way there is a high likelihood that their actions would result in dismissal. So why do Liverpool FC tolerate this?

It is also worth considering that the Suarez situation is not isolated? Carlos Tevez has given his employers at Man City the run around for a number of months. After refusing to play and then being subsequently being fined 4 weeks salary, which was reduced to 2 due to the intervention of his union, he then disappears and refuses to show up for work, after all this he is still not sacked.

So why are such actions tolerated, pure and simply because these footballers are financial assets on the clubs balance sheets, thus they cannot be disposed of as normal employees.

But is this situation just restricted to the football industry. Are talented individuals in companies treated differently, given more slack and chances than so called normal employees? The banking crisis demonstrated that employees who were highly regarded where given the scope to take risks because they were deemed as ‘special’.

The inconsistent application of disciplinary procedures is not just restricted to football but exists at the core fabric of most companies up and down the land. It depends who you are!