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Frequent firings may indicate personality conflicts, not bias

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Companies that fire lots of employees get sued for discrimination by many of the castoffs. But all those terminations may be an indication of employee/management personality conflicts, not discrimination.

Recent case: Kelly Jackson, who is black and older than 50, was fired from his job with Lakewinds Natural Foods. The company cited poor performance, but Jackson sued, claiming race and age discrimination.

He showed the court sworn affidavits from many other employees who had also been fired. But those employees were quite diverse.

That pattern, concluded the court, probably indicated employee/management conflicts rather than discrimination. It dismissed the case. (Jackson v. Lakewinds Natural Foods, No. 08-398, DC MN, 2009)

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