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Firing the only member of a protected class? Better be prepared to explain why

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Are you facing the prospect of terminating an employee who happens to be the only member of a particular protected class? Don’t let the fear of a lawsuit stop you from making a legitimate business decision. Just make sure you can document exactly why you have chosen this employee for termination.

Use as many objective reasons as you can. That way, should there be a lawsuit, you will be prepared to counter the false appearance that you terminated the employee because of his or her membership in a protected class.

Recent case: Sandra began work for Northrop Grumman as an engineering aide in 1986 and worked her way up to a Level 4 Software Engineer. She worked on various contracts, primarily as an Oracle database administrator and developer.

Engineers were assigned to contracts based on their skill sets. As the years went on, Sandra’s skills became specialized at the same time that the need for her skills diminished.

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