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Keep your credibility intact: 12 lessons from the courtroom

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To avoid becoming the target of discrimination lawsuits, you need to protect your credibility as a leader and manager. Reason: It's one of the top ways plaintiffs' attorneys will attack your company's defense at trial.

The good news: Some basic training and monitoring can prepare you to ward off the inevitable strike from an employee lawsuit.

Here are what I like to call the "dirty dozen": 12 weak spots that opposing attorneys will exploit to discredit your case. Use them as a checklist for preventing a credibility attack.

1. Being unfamiliar with your own corporate policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are mandatory for a reason. If you or your managers have to admit ignorance, a jury will view it as uncaring and purposeful, not forgetfulness. After all, how can you enforce policies that you don't even know yourself?

2. Sloppy documentation. Most discrimination cases aren't won with "smoking gun"...(register to read more)

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