If you suspect an employee has been stealing, you can and should discipline him. You don’t need absolute and irrefutable proof. It’s enough that you reasonably believed he stole.
Recent case: Lewis, who is black and over age 70, was fired from his job with a pallet company after managers received an anonymous call alleging he was stealing pallets. Since a truckload had gone missing, the company believed the caller.
Lewis sued, alleging age and race discrimination. The company countered that it genuinely believed he had stolen the pallets. That was enough for the court to throw out the case. (Stephens v. Neal’s Pallet Company, No. 3:11-CV-173, WD NC, 2012)
Final note: Make sure you have records to back up your belief. In a case like this, that might include notes taken right after the anonymous tip.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/33096/firing-for-theft-well-founded-suspicion-enough-to-go-on "
- 3 tips to hold the line on health insurance costs—That won't land you in court
- State may let you force worker to foot the bill for your error
- 'Dinosaur' talk can revive extinct lawsuit
- Court rules firing based on lactation is sex discrimination under Title VII, PDA
- Learn how to handle employees with 'intellectual disabilities'