Here’s a valuable tip when discharging an employee: Don’t make promises you can’t keep. It can lead to years of needless litigation and cost thousands of dollars in legal fees even if you win in the end.
There’s danger in every aspect of firing, from WARN Act layoffs and exit interviews to constructive discharge and more.
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The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act outlaws discharging employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. It’s a protected activity. Equally illegal: Jumping the gun by firing employees before they actually fill out the workers’ compensation paperwork.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said it fired Steve Barto from his job as an environmental group manager because he intimidated employees, used racial slurs and behaved erratically. When Barto sued the DEP for allegedly violating his civil rights, he painted a different picture.
You may assume that an employee who obviously isn’t meeting expectations will simply go away when you fire him. Don’t bet on it. He’ll probably apply for unemployment. Be prepared to show exactly why you terminated him.