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Stick to your story: Shifting explanations for terminations are lawsuit red flags

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One of the worst things you can do when you fire an employee is to provide shifting explanations for the discharge. The employee can turn around and use that against you by arguing you are just trying to come up with excuses for an illegal discharge.

The best approach: Talk to your lawyer before you terminate, to clarify exactly what your reasons are.

Recent case: Zann worked for a company that acquired and managed real estate. Her job was to analyze cash flows, prepare financial models and projections and perform due diligence on investment properties. She was paid a six-figure salary.

Zann got good reviews and regularly earned year-end bonuses. Upper-level managers praised her and told her to “keep up the good work.”

Then Zann went to one of the owners to complain that she believed men were getting better pay and bigger bonuses than she received.

About three weeks later, one of Zann’s colleagues, a man, was terminated. The...(register to read more)

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