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Wrongful termination: 6 steps to keep firings from burning you

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boss firing employeeIn most states, workers are employed on an “at will” basis. That means employers typically may terminate workers at any time for any legal, nondiscriminatory reason.

However, at-will status doesn’t mean you won’t get sued. More and more employees are filing and winning wrongful-termination lawsuits that allege they were fired for some discriminatory reason or in retaliation for engaging in protected activity. Employees’ lawyers often look at wrongful-termination suits as easy pickings, good at least to squeeze a quick settlement from an employer.

The key, then, is prevention. Minimize your exposure to wrongful-termination claims by following these six steps:

1. Use progressive discipline

Establishing a step-by-step process for discipline is the most reliable way to protect your organization from wrongful termination charges.

Clearly outline the behaviors that may trigger discipline and the actions you will take as a result. ...(register to read more)

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