Navigating the complexities of a layoff to avoid unnecessary risks

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In today’s down economy, nearly every termination and layoff is fraught with risk. With little to lose, more and more employees are taking their chances by filing discrimination claims. They hope to score big settlements or judgments to cushion the blow of losing their jobs.

To underscore this point, take a look at the box below, which shows the EEOC’s caseload numbers for fiscal years 2007 and 2008. The dramatic increase from 2007 to 2008—15.2% for all kinds of charges—illustrates the risk employers are taking with every layoff decision.

You’re asking to be sued if you lay off an employee without getting your employment law attorney involved before the termination.

Layoffs are supposed to be blind on issues of race, sex, age, etc. But, if you are making these decisions in the dark, you are making a big mistake that could prove very costly. Before implementing a layoff, it’s crucial to review the demographics of ...(register to read more)

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