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Discipline and discharge: 5 do’s and don’ts

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by Thomas I. Plotkin, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP

manager disciplining employeeIn a perfect world, employers would never have to discipline or fire their employees, and HR professionals could make decisions without the input of attorneys. Unfortunately, the real world is not perfect, and employers are often faced with the unpleasant task of disciplining or terminating employees. Although these decisions are necessary to make sure that employees are performing well, missteps can lead to costly litigation down the road.

Below are some do’s and don’ts of employee discipline and termination that employers can follow to minimize potential risks.

DON’T discriminate

Employers may not discipline or terminate employees due to their membership in a protected class, such as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, age (for those 40 or older) and genetic information.

Many states have created additional protected classes. For example, the Pe...(register to read more)

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