Issue: Managers often unwittingly put your organization at risk when terminating someone.

Risk: One wrongful-termination lawsuit or discrimination complaint can bury you with paperwork and sully your organization's reputation.

Action: Use the five mistakes outlined below, and the steps to take noted after each one, to raise managers' awareness of termination tripwires.

The price for wrongful termination includes the potential for lengthy and expensive legal battles. Here are five firing mistakes managers commonly make, along with ways that you can help prevent them.

Mistake 1: Failing to understand the law. Too often, managers believe "employment at will" means they can fire anyone for any reason. Not so. By misinterpreting or ignoring basic anti-discrimination laws, managers imperil your organization and, in some instances, themselves.

Your move: Persuade your organization's leaders that managers, supervi...(register to read more)

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