Rightful Employment Termination
Supervisors and managers
One of the most difficult things you will do as a manager is to terminate an employee. The employee who is being terminated regardless of the reason for the termination may feel angry, frustrated, or betrayed. He or she may be looking for someone or something else to blame, and if the termination is not handled properly, your company could find itself defending against allegations of wrongful termination. Further, even if the termination is handled properly, the employee may file a claim anyway, and your company must be prepared to successfully defend the termination through appropriate decision making and documentation.
This course is designed to give managers an overview of how to ‘rightfully’ terminate an employee because of performance problems or other misconduct while reducing the likelihood of wrongful termination claims.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Employment Law Group of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.
- recognize examples of employment terminations that violate federal or state statutes
- identify actions that can be implemented during the hiring process to limit liability for wrongful termination claims
- sequence the five steps of progressive discipline
- identify guidelines for documenting performance or conduct problems
- identify considerations for each stage of the termination process