Posts Tagged ‘termination’

Court OK’s termination of diabetic employee for misconduct

A recent federal appeals court decision case upheld an employer’s termination of a diabetic employee for misconduct, despite the employee’s argument that her poor work performance was a result of low-blood sugar. Diabetic employee and performance issues Janna DeWitt worked as a customer service representative in a call center for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She…

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Graceful exits

No one likes layoffs. The person getting fired may be depressed and fearful about his or her job loss, and the person doing the firing usually feels rotten about being the bearer of bad news. In a layoff situation, an exit interview might be confined to a discussion of severance or benefits packages. But if…

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Firing someone returning from leave

Taking action against an employee after they return from a Family and Medical Leave Act absence can expose an employer to claims of FMLA retaliation. But sometimes it takes an employee’s absence to learn about that employee’s performance issues. So how should an employer handle disciplining someone who is returning from protected leave when the…

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The benefits of an appeal or review committee

Retaliation claims are some of the most common employment-based claims that employers face. In 2014, the number of retaliation claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a record high – 37,955 charges (42.8% of all charges filed) contained allegations of retaliation. In Thomas v. Berry Plastics Corp., the federal appeals court that decides…

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Timing of termination creates question of fact in association discrimination case

In employment law, including association discrimination cases, timing is everything. When Terry Booker was fired from his job of 22 years at Delfasco, a manufacturing facility in Greene County, Tennessee, in March 2012, he filed suit for “association discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a retaliation claim under the Family and Medical…

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WEBINAR » Downsizing done right: revisited

In an effort to adapt to a declining economy, changing technology, or increasingly competitive landscape, many companies are faced with the option of strategically restructuring their businesses through a reduction in force. While making the decision to downsize is never easy, the implementation process can be just as challenging for HR professionals and management.

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Employee investigation tips

Employers investigate all sorts of odd or disturbing claims. Knowing how to properly investigate these claims is critical. A recent case from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals put this on full display. Student teacher fired Carlos Bassatt was a student teacher at West High School in Denver, Colorado. One day a co-worker, Maria Iams,…

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Care for parent leads to firing

Can an employer terminate an employee out of a belief that the employee is too distracted from his job duties due to caring for a relative with a disability? That was the issue in the recent case, in which an employee who was occasionally late to work due to caring for his ailing father successfully pursued a distraction claim for associational discrimination.

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