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Minor deviation from layoff procedures? Courts unlikely to consider that discrimination

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Of course you should always strive to follow your internal policies and procedures to the letter. That doesn’t mean you need to panic if you discover that someone unintentionally deviated from your standard practice.

As long as you can explain what happened and why, chances are an employee won’t win a lawsuit that is based solely on that deviation.

Recent case: Loren, who was older than age 40, worked as a pharmacist. His responsibilities included evaluating prescriptions, making recommendations to physicians and staff for changes in therapy and working with pharmacy technicians to monitor the inventory of medications.

His performance evaluations were generally good, earning him a ranking of “meets expectations.”

When Loren’s employer began losing contracts and its business started declining, it decided it needed to implement a series of reductions in force.

It has a carefully crafted set of rules for RIFs that it expects ma...(register to read more)

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