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Warn managers: If you slander former employees, you can expect to be sued

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When managers mess up, it often falls to HR to clean up—and train bosses not to make the same mistake twice.

Example: A supervisor bad-mouths someone who had to be fired. That can be far worse, and cost a lot more, than whatever caused the former employee to lose her job.

Recent case: Hanna came to the United States from her native Sweden to attend grad school before launching what she hoped would be a successful Wall Street career. Just 24, she had worked as a model in Hong Kong and as a banker in Norway before arriving in the U.S. on a student visa.

Well connected in Sweden—her grandfather had founded a successful aluminum company—Hanna moved into a small apartment with a friend and began an active social life that included weekend parties in the Hamptons. That’s where she met Benjamin, the chief executive officer and owner of New York Global Group, an international business consulting firm based in Manhattan.

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