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Learn2 Terminate an Employee (continued)
Step 3: Avoid illegal termination

Whether justified or not, employees can challenge a termination for a variety of reasons, even if they're working on an at-will basis. Before making a final decision, ask yourself if the employee:

Is filing a workers' compensation claim

Is about to receive a promised bonus or retirement package

Has refused the sexual advances of a superior or coworker

Has a legal case pending against you, your company, or coworkers

Has reported inappropriate businesses practices to the authorities

Has served as a juror or has had to respond to a legal subpoena

Has part of his or her wages garnished for child support

Belongs to a group that, by virtue of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and so on, is otherwise underrepresented in your office
If any of the above are true, seriously consider the services of a lawyer. A relatively short consultation could save you big money down the road.

In addition, you should review any contract you and your employee may have signed in the past. Obviously, you'll have to follow the contract's terms. Again, the eyes of a good lawyer may be necessary to shed light on vague terms like "good cause" or "legitimate business reasons."


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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Be sure you're sure
Step 2: Be aware of potential problems
Step 3: Avoid illegal termination
Step 4: Build a case
Step 5: Design an exit package

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