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Firing

Supervisor deserves termination? Fire away–even if he’s a member of a protected class

10/22/2012
Hey, it happens: Sometimes, supervisors screw up. Go ahead and discipline them for their mistakes, even if you’re afraid your actions might trigger a discrimination or harassment lawsuit.

Beware ADA lawsuit when firing worker who had previous workers’ comp claim

10/18/2012

If you know an employee has previously been injured at work and collected a workers’ compensation settlement, you may consider transferring him for fear he’ll hurt himself again. Resist that temptation. Taking any kind of adverse em­­ployment action could be construed as discrimination based on disability or perceived disability.

When disagreement turns to cursing and threats, feel free to terminate for insubordination

10/18/2012

Plenty of employees have chips on their shoulders. Some are hypersensitive to perceived slights and constructive criticism. Others get angry over minor problems. Acting out has long been regarded as insubordination and grounds for discipline, including termination.

Aggressive employee terrifies co-workers? Now that’s failing to meet expectations!

10/18/2012
You don’t have to put up with employees who can’t get along with others, raise their voices, slam doors and generally act as if they could explode into a rage at any moment. Those are legitimate firing offenses.

Feel free to fire! There’s no reason you have to tolerate threatening behavior

10/12/2012
Have you had it with an em­­ployee who can’t seem to get along with others and who constantly tries to intimidate co-workers? If warnings don’t help, fire him.

Common beef, even vulgarity, won’t rule out unemployment

10/09/2012
Employees who get into arguments may be violating workplace rules. But that doesn’t mean that firing them cuts off possible unemployment compensation benefits.

Haven’t been enforcing call-in policy? Start now

10/09/2012
If you haven’t been enforcing your rule requiring absent employees to call in every day, start now. Just make sure employees know you plan to enforce it going forward.

OSHA pops Champagne Demolition for retaliation

10/09/2012
Champagne Demolition in Albany faces an OSHA lawsuit claiming that it illegally fired an employee for reporting improper asbestos removal practices at a company worksite.

Employee wouldn’t dance to Bojangle’s manager’s tune

10/02/2012
A Greensboro-area Bojangle’s restaurant has agreed to pay $33,426 to a former female employee after she was harassed, retaliated against and fired for refusing her manager’s advances.

How to guarantee a lawsuit: Fire good employee right after she asks for FMLA leave

10/01/2012
Here’s a recipe for a lawsuit: Terminate a good employee who just told you she needs FMLA leave and has scheduled surgery. The timing alone will be enough to let the lawsuit proceed.