My manager hosted a party at his house to thank his departments for a successful sales campaign. One of the employees who reports to me attended the party and did not make a good impression on my manager because of the way my manager’s dog reacted to her. Although the dog did not seem to have a problem with anyone else attending, he growled at my employee every time he saw her. She tried to laugh it off and said the dog must have known she was not a big fan of pets.
A few days later, my boss started asking pointed questions about my employee’s performance, sales figures and job history. (She’s worked here for just over a year and is doing fine – not a superstar, but fine.) He told me “confidentially” that if his dog does not trust someone, it is a “sign”. He said he can’t trust this employee and wants to make sure that I do not assign her to work on any sensitive projects. I could tell he was not joking.
I’m not going to start treating my employee differently, but I’m nervous about the manager. What should I do?
— In The Middle