Here’s a tip for handling a difficult and argumentative employee. If she tells her supervisors she doesn’t like her job, wants to avoid some tasks and otherwise doesn’t seem interested in progressing, note her lousy attitude.
She just may be the type of employee who later sues, alleging some form of discrimination.
Recent case: Dyneshia Joseph was fired from her bank job forand . She claimed neither was true and that she had never had any work problems. She blamed her termination on racial discrimination.
But the bank provided extensive notes detailing her negative attitude, including verbatim records of her claiming she wanted to “throw in the towel” and avoid the sales aspects of the job. That was enough for the court to toss out her case. (Joseph v. Columbus Bank and Trust, No. 11-11948, 11th Cir., 2011)
- Check post-Layoff rehire policies for disparate-Age impact
- Older worker's performance falling? Document the decline before discharge
- Consider hidden costs before cutting retiree benefits
- There's just no guessing about cross-dressing: Focus hiring on qualifications, not appearance
- Take every suit seriously--even those in which employee is acting as her own lawyer