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Firing an employee without triggering a lawsuit

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Firing an employee is never pleasant for anyone involved. But there’s a right way and a wrong way. You don’t want to spur a wrongful termination lawsuit – or worse. Whether you’re firing an employee without warning or drafting a termination letter after progressive discipline hasn’t helped, get it right. There are no magic phrases for firing an employee, though you should make every effort to let her walk away with dignity. The key is to avoid creating an angry ex-employee while looking out for your company’s best interests.

Your right to fire

Absent a union contract or a specific written employment contract, firing an employee is the employer’s prerogative. Of course, you can’t fire someone for an illegal reason like race, national origin, disability and so on. But there’s no prohibition against otherwise firing an employee if he or she is at-will. You don’t need a reason. The key is to let workers kno...(register to read more)

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