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The most reliable way to protect your organization from wrongful termination charges is to establish and enforce a system of progressive discipline. Having such a structure in place, and making it clear to all supervisors that they are expected to abide by it, is your best defense against a wrongful-dismissal suit. It allows you to ensure that any employee fired because of inferior performance was treated fairly and in accordance with your company's policies.

Following is a five-step model approach for progressive discipline:

1. Oral reprimand. As soon as a supervisor perceives a worker's performance problem, she should issue an oral reprimand. The supervisor should ask the worker if there are any long-term problems or skill deficiencies that need to be corrected. Have the manager keep detailed notes or prepare a memo to file about the conversation, in case f...(register to read more)

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