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Long history of misconduct? Document every step of disciplinary process

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

When an employee is fired, he or she has nothing to lose by suing you. That’s why you should assume that every employee will do just that and prepare accordingly. That includes making sure you have documented every step of the disciplinary process, providing details and dates.

If you are sued, you’ll be able to show a judge that you have a comprehensive and fair disciplinary process—and that you followed it.

Recent case: Joseph worked for Red Robin Restaurants as a super­visor. He was responsible for making sure employees were properly compensated. Red Robin began disciplining Joseph under its progressive discipline policy when it first discovered that he wasn’t paying workers according to the chain’s rules.

Joseph received a final written warning explaining what he had done wrong. He was cautioned that continuing failure to follow the company’s policies would result in further discipline, including possible termination.

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