Request is automatically denied when manually escalated by the recipients managers manager

We have an approval workflow where a request is routed to the recipients manager. The request can be escalated to the recipients managers manager, either via timeout, og manual escalation.
This works in most cases, but if the recipients managers manager chooses to manually escalate a request that is currently on the level below (with the recipients manager), the request is immediately denied/dismissed.

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