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Don’t pile on reasons for firing; you’re spoiling for retaliation fight in court

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Let’s say you’ve got one very good reason to fire an employee, plus several other halfway decent reasons. Why not wrap them all into one big package of employee shortcomings when it comes time to show her the door?

Because such overkill could play badly in court if the dismissed employee ever sues you. And if she has recently filed an internal discrimination complaint, courts are quite likely to view the piling-on as a form of retaliation.

Her attorneys will try to make it easy for courts to look at it that way. They’ll start picking through the discharge reasons, looking for weaknesses. If they find one, the entire termination process will begin to look suspicious.

Recent case: Jacqueline Ferrel worked as a logistics analyst, scheduling deliveries. She got several merit bonuses and raises.

Then she had gastric bypass surgery and lost a considerable amount of weight. That’s when her boss apparently began treating her differe...(register to read more)

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