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When manager recommends firing subordinate, investigate to make sure bias isn’t a factor

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If you don’t have a chance to personally observe an employee’s behavior, don’t rely solely on a supervisor’s termination recommendation. Instead, conduct an independent investigation to verify the supervisor’s claim.

Otherwise, any employment decision based on that recommendation can be tainted by the supervisor’s hidden bias.

Recent case: Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, who is white, worked at a Chicago Park District summer camp. Her supervisor was black, as were some of the children attending the camp.

When a black child was suspended for misbehavior, Schandelmeier-Bartels called his guardian to pick him up. His aunt arrived and was placed in a room with the child. Schandelmeier-Bartels said she heard what sounded like hitting and a child screaming. When she investigated, she saw the aunt’s arm raised above her head, a belt looped in her hand. The crying child had a welt on his arm. Schandelmeier-Bartels told the aunt to s...(register to read more)

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