Lessons from the Courts: June 2009 — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

You don’t have to tolerate foul language

In a heated conflict at work, a JPMorgan Chase employee told a co-worker that he could “f**k off.” She was fired. She sued, citing harassment. The bank said the firing was for coarse language. The court sided with the company, saying the employee couldn’t point to any other worker who used foul language like she did and not lost his or her job. (Gossard v. JPMorgan Chase, SD FL)

The lesson:
Cursing can be a firing offense, we swear. Just make sure you hand out discipline consistently.

Customer gripe caused firing? Get it in writing

A woman’s shelter fired a worker based on customers’ complaints. The employee sued, claiming age discrimination. But the employer won in court because it was able to show that it relied on objective reasons—the complaints—for the termination. (Kremer v.A Woman’s Place, 3rd Cir.)

The lesson:
This is another reason to get complaints about employees...(register to read more)

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