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Good records mean you’re always prepared for court

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Here’s a truism that should help you sleep better at night: If you keep good records and track all discipline, you’ll seldom lose discrimination lawsuits.

Recent case: Iretha Lawrence, who is black, worked for a medical practice. The employee handbook was quite specific on attendance matters. It required workers to tell their supervisors when they would be absent.

Lawrence left work early twice without letting her supervisor know. She also had a disciplinary history that included conflicts with co-workers. Her supervisor fired Lawrence for leaving work early and replaced her with a white employee.

Lawrence sued, alleging race discrimination.

But the case was quickly dismissed after the medical practice showed the court it had also fired white employees for similar misconduct both before and after Lawrence’s termination. (Lawrence v. North Carolina Neuropsychiatry, No. 1:09-CV-791, MD NC, 2010)

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