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Remind supervisors: What you say in emails can and will be used against you in court!

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These days, we do most of our communication at work via email. That may be convenient, but it can also be a problem.

If an employer is sued for discrimination, harassment or retaliation, chances are all emails related to the employee will be shared with the em­­ployee’s attorneys. Anything said in those emails can then be used against you to prove discrimination—or that you tried to set up the employee for discharge because she filed a discrimination complaint.

Recent case: Felice, who worked for Bucks County Community Col­­lege, had a spotty disciplinary history for things like tardiness. Shortly after she filed a sex discrimination complaint, she claimed that her employer started scrutinizing her work.

One day, she was caught sitting down in an office chair while not on break. When challenged, she claimed she jokingly replied that she had been sleeping on the job. She was then fired.

Felice filed a lawsuit alleging that he...(register to read more)

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