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How to fire someone fairly: Document your decision

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Employers can protect against employment lawsuits with good records showing that all discipline is based on solid business-related reasons. Courts seldom second-guess employer HR decisions as long as they appear to be fair and the employer treats similarly situated workers the same.

Be sure to document reasons that led to your decision to terminate

But no matter how fair you have been, always assume an employee who has been disciplined will sue, alleging some form of discrimination. Be prepared! 

Recent case: Detra worked as a teacher for a nonprofit organization that provides child care and learning programs for low-income families. She supervised young children and led them in developmental activities.

Over a three-year period, Detra took FMLA leave for several medical conditions.

First, she needed a week off to treat migraine headaches. She filled out FMLA request forms and leave was approved. Several months later,...(register to read more)

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