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You don’t have to be right—honesty, good faith are enough

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Do you spend days or weeks agonizing about personnel decisions because you fear a lawsuit? That’s probably unnecessary.

The bottom line is that courts don’t require you to be 100% right every time you make a decision that affects an employee. You just have to be honest and act in good faith. The following case is an example.

Recent case:
William McGowan worked for Deere & Company for years until he suffered a back injury and was not allowed to return to work. A 25-pound lifting restriction prevented him from performing essential functions of his old job, and Deere had no other job openings.

He sued, alleging the lifting restriction was wrong.

That didn’t matter to the court. It said what mattered was that his employer honestly believed the lifting restriction was accurate. (McGowan v. Deere & Company, No. 07-2967, 7th Cir., 2009)

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