You never know where the next lawsuit will come from. That’s powerful incentive to make sure you treat all employees fairly.
A simple self-audit of discipline can prevent many lawsuits. Check to make sure you discipline similar wrongdoing the same way all the time. Then be prepared to prove it in court.
Recent case: Vincent Palmer, who has diabetes, was fired from his job at a grocery store for refusing to attend a mandatory meeting on his scheduled day off. He sued, alleging the real reason he was fired was to get rid of a disabled employee.
But his former employer was prepared. Its disciplinary records clearly showed that all employees who disobeyed their manager’s specific requests were terminated. That ended the lawsuit. (Palmer v. Albertson’s, No. 10-11488, 11th Cir., 2011)