Some employees get mad when they learn they’re being terminated. Some may even try to abscond with valuable company property or records as a way to retaliate for losing their jobs.
That’s why employers should take reasonable measures to protect records and property—even if that means escorting the fired employee out of the building and preventing access to work spaces and equipment.
Recent case: When Joel Francis and several other high-ranking police officials were terminated from their jobs, they sued over the way their departure was handled. They claimed that the municipal government had violated their constitutional rights by seizing their equipment and weapons and immediately escorting them from the premises.
The court tossed out the case, saying the city had done nothing wrong. (Francis, et al., v. Giacomelli, et al., No. 08-1908, 4th Cir., 2009)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Terminated employee claims discrimination? Warn managers against any sort of retaliation
- Sexual harassment: Your best game plan is prevention
- Good faith wins court cases! Don't use investigation to trap employee
- Rush to fire or demote pregnant employee often backfires