Have you ever flat-out fired an employee forwithout any warning? If employees are “at-will,” you can fire them for any reason or no reason at all, as long as it’s not for a discriminatory or illegal reason. Does that allow you to drop the guillotine without guilt? As a new court ruling shows, supervisors should resist that urge (and give the person a chance to shape up) if that employee recently voiced a complaint about discrimination.
Case in Point: Michael Bruno worked as the director of hospitality for a Mississippi casino for 11 years. Bruno had been looking to hire a buffet manager and eventually located someone who he thought was highly qualified. Bruno told his supervisor, who immediately rejected the applicant as “too old,” saying the casino didn’t need “another squatter,” referring to a 50-year-old employee the supervisor deemed as unproductive.
Bruno argued that it...(register to read more)