In any questionable employment situation, I recommend that you do the following if you are uncertain about the situation.
THE 3 C’s OF RESEARCH
Check available resources
— Research the policy and procedures manual for direction/guidance.
— Consult with a legal representative as to the appropriateness and/or consequences of the decision/action.
— Consult with a higher level manager about the appropriateness and/or consequences of the decision/action.
Consider the action and its consequences vs. other alternatives ...