I was having an employee meeting. It got heated. One employee refused to talk with me about the matters at hand and had an attitude. I told said employee if they did not want to sit and talk with me to clock out and go home for the day. The employee told me they would in a minute...I said now and they refused so I clicked them out told them to go home and come back tomorrow.
As long as you paid your employee for all of the time they actually worked that day, you should be on safe ground. I do recommend that employers document the heck out of things whenever they have disputes with employees, just in case things go sideways with a disgruntled employee.
I am assuming you are this employee's supervisor. I agree with the previous answer that you should document exactly what happened. If the employee was paid for the time he worked there should not be a problem. Insubordination and "attitude" are difficult situations and probably the best thing you could have done was to have the employee clock out and diffuse the situation.
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