The appointing authority may dismiss, suspend, reduce in step or demote any employee in the classified service provided the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission are followed. If they do not appeal such action to the Civil Service Commission within fourteen (14) days after receipt of such charges, as provided in Section 507, Article V of the Charter, a permanent employee shall have the right to appeal such action in accordance with the provisions of Section 31.2 (3) and (4) unless their objection to the action has been resolved earlier in accordance with Section 31.2 (1) or (2). A permanent classified employee may be dismissed, suspended, reduced in step or demoted for cause only.