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When bias charges loom, documentation proves discipline was warranted

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When it comes to terminating an employee for poor performance, careful documentation is essential. Make sure you can later explain exactly how you handled the employee’s performance problems.

While you may not think a particular employee has grounds for a lawsuit, you simply don’t know if he will sue. That’s why you must be prepared to show exactly how poorly he performed and how you brought the problem to his attention.

Recent case: Micah, a black man, worked as a sales representative for book publisher McGraw Hill. He sold textbooks and other educational products to college instructors and administrators. He was paid a base salary of $59,384.

Micah applied for a promotion to a better position that paid significantly more and required relocation. He got the job, but at a lower salary than he had requested. Instead of the $95,000 he asked for, he was offered $85,000.

When informed of the lower pay rate, he asked whether the ...(register to read more)

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