Doctrine: The right of an employer to regulate all aspects of employment, aptly called “management prerogative,” gives employers the freedom to regulate, according to their discretion and best judgment, all aspects of employment, including work assignment, working methods, processes to be followed, working regulations, transfer of employees, work supervision, lay-off of workers and the discipline, dismissal and recall of workers.
Sanchez is a nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Inc. (SLMC) until her termination on July 6, 2011 for her purported violation of SLMC’s Code of Discipline, particularly Section 1, Rule 1 on Acts of Dishonesty, i.e., Robbery, Theft, Pilferage, and Misappropriation of Funds.
At the end of her shift on May 29, 2011, Sanchez passed through the SLMC Centralization Entrance/Exit where she was subjected to the standard inspection procedure by the security personnel. In the course thereof, the Security Guard on-duty, Jaime Manzanade (SG Manzanade), noticed a pouch in her bag and asked her to open the same. When opened, said pouch contained assortment of medical stocks which were subsequently confiscated.