Disciplinary Action Law & Legal Definition


In employment law, disciplinary action is a process for dealing with job-related behavior that does not meet expected and communicated performance standards. The primary purpose for discipline is to assist the employee to understand that a performance problem or opportunity for improvement exists. The process features efforts to provide feedback to the employee so he or she can correct the problem. The goal of  discipline is to improve employee performance.

Some methods of disciplinary action may have an employer:

  • Verbally reprimand the employee for poor performance.
  • Provide a written verbal warning in the employee's file, in an effort to improve employee performance.
  • Provide an escalting number of days in which the employee is suspended from work.
  • End the employment of an individual who refuses to improve.