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Are you overreacting? Would you terminate her? If so, how would you do that? What would you say? Are you sure you have enough information to make the best decision as to how to proceed? Do you have a reasonable understanding of her native culture? Could your continued treatment of her have any chance of being effective?
All of these are some of the most common workplace ethical dilemma scenarios. Disputes are always possible in such situations. But with a bit of analysis and common sense, such issues will be resolved. Such solution can even settle the issue without losing someone’s job or harming their employees