The regulations governing the hiring and firing of employees are so numerous and complex that some employers may feel they cannot downsize, even when it’s necessary or justified. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) processes thousands of charges of wrongful discharges a year. Author Susan M. Heathfield captures the popular perception when she writes, “In employment discrimination lawsuits, the business always loses.”
That said, businesses have legitimate reasons to let people go.
The bottom line is that it’s never easy to dismiss anyone, but when it can’t be avoided, it must be done in a professional, legal, non-discriminatory manner.
- “At will” employment agreements allow dismissals for any reason
- Economic reasons for trimming payroll
- Wrongful termination includes discrimination as defined by:
- Prepare in advance, with clear and specific employee policies
- Document problems and your efforts to correct them
- Managing the relationship
- COBRA coverage