This person has made other employees’ lives miserable by giving out assignments, scheduling work, and disciplining workers. No authority has been assigned to this individual, what can we do?

While there is no law specifying the number of direct supervisors an employee can have, the employee described above is a real problem. She seems to have filled a power vacuum to get some personal power. This employee must be informed, in a private meeting that her behavior must stop. She should be informed in no uncertain terms that she is not in charge. The other employees should be told to let management know if the behavior continues.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
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