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This time we REALLY mean it: The legal hazards of hollow termination threats

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“Do that one more time and you’re through!” 

Have supervisors in your organization (or even you) uttered this phrase before? A new court ruling shows that if your firing threats are simply empty promises, be prepared to pay up in court ... even if you responded promptly and lawfully to the initial complaint.

Case in Point: Once, twice, three times a harasser…isn’t there a song like this? Well, in this case, South Dakota school employee David Herrera earned a “three-peat” of termination threats before his victim got fed up and quit.

After the first complaint that Herrera made sexual remarks, asked for sexual favors and would rub up against female employees, a school-board investigation team determined that Herrera committed nine violations of the school’s anti-harassment policy. They sent him to counseling and forbade him from being alone with any female employees. They also warned him that “an...(register to read more)

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