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Should employees receive a warning before termination?

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Have you ever flat-out fired an employee for poor performance without any warning? If employees are “at-will,” you can fire them for any reason or no reason at all, as long as it’s not for a discriminatory or illegal reason. Does that allow you to drop the guillotine without guilt? As a new court ruling shows, supervisors should resist that urge (and give the person a chance to shape up) if that employee recently voiced a complaint about discrimination.

Case in Point: Michael Bruno worked as the director of hospitality for a Mississippi casino for 11 years. Bruno had been looking to hire a buffet manager and eventually located someone who he thought was highly qualified. Bruno told his supervisor, who immediately rejected the applicant as “too old,” saying the casino didn’t need “another squatter,” referring to a 50-year-old employee the supervisor deemed as unproductive.

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Ed j April 21, 2013 at 5:30 am

I was let go from an emergency room er rn position. I was never written up for anything. A matter of I was safe and well liked. I was canned for missing three days on my probation time. One, my niece had an emergency incubation. Second, I went to work sick and couldn’t handle it so I asked to be excused. Third, my autistic daughter spiked a fever at school I felt my performance was excellent but my attendance was okay. Was I fired correctly with no verbal or written. Was it a sick joke to being told to come to work early or on my day off to get fired?


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