Terminating An Employee: 10 Steps To Avoid Litigation

Law360, New York (February 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Most employment litigation stems from the termination of an employee. Approximately 86% of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are discharge-related claims.

The reasons for this are obvious: terminations cause hard feelings, create economic need, trigger discussions with plaintiff’s lawyers over the employee’s rights, and remove the powerful litigation disincentive inherent in an ongoing relationship.

Win or lose, litigating termination claims is an expensive proposition - and losing them is even more expensive. Six-figure and even seven-figure damage awards are not uncommon. A...
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