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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nothing wins lawsuits like good records.

In fact, the most often cited reason employers lose employment discrimination lawsuits is because someone failed to take record-keeping seriously. Without something to back up decisions and refresh people’s memories, what happened several years ago may as well have happened in prehistoric times.

No manager is going to remember why she did what she did without notes or other documents.

Here’s how to make sure the company won’t be caught off guard: Tell all managers and supervisors that HR won’t approve any disciplinary action without a copy of the documentation used to justify the decision. It doesn’t have to be formal. It can be as simple as a few notes describing the event that precipitated the discipline. What counts is that someone can explain to a jury that the company acted in good faith.

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