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. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statistics show that there were 55,000 charges of wrongful discharge in 2010. 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.