Document every discharge just in case there’s a lawsuit

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You might assume that someone won’t sue if they’ve been accused of sexual harassment by several employees and cited for poor performance. You could be wrong.

That’s why you should document every discharge decision as if you expect a lawsuit. That’s your only real defense, because it allows you to quickly show a court you had good reason for what you did.

Recent case: Duane was fired after two new female employees complained that he had asked them about their undergarments and told tales of his sexual exploits. Also, his supervisor observed him sitting at a picnic table when he was supposed to be working. Duane sued, alleging race discrimination.

His case was quickly dismissed when his former employer produced the disciplinary reports and em­­ployee complaints. (Miller v. Key­­stone Blind Association, No. 13-1252, 3rd Cir., 2013)

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