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Before firing, make sure you treated others just the same

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Performance Reviews

Before you fire any employee, double-check to make sure others who performed just as poorly or made similar mistakes were also terminated. Doing so may prevent a lawsuit … or, if you are sued, at least provide evidence that you treat everyone alike.

If a lawsuit is filed, you will be ordered to turn over that information, so you might as well review it now.

Recent case: Ronna Corriveau was fired from her job as a Starbucks manager and sued, alleging pregnancy and sex discrimination.

Starbucks said it fired her for poor performance and provided specific examples. Corriveau’s attorneys asked the court to order Starbucks to turn over information on all discipline involving other Starbucks managers in the region. The court approved the request. (Corriveau v. Starbucks, No. 08-61794, SD FL, 2009)

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