Terminations are unpleasant, but avoiding them can lead to bigger issues in your workplace, including lower morale and efficiency.
Developing policies for discipline and termination is a great way to prevent employee claims, especially when the policies are clearly communicated to new hires and maintained throughout the company.
Another preventative measure to take is to follow an objective, pre-determined disciplinary process when the need to discipline an employee arises. Work with your risk management, HR, and leadership teams to establish a mutually agreed upon process.
Awareness of the various types of employee claims will help your company prepare for any possible litigation.
Employees can make internal, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or Human Rights Campaign complaints, or file a lawsuit against the employer with a formal Complaint and Summons.