All in a Days’ Work: Defending an EEOC Claim
Employee termination can be tricky and must be handled with care. Recently one of our clients had a terminated employee file an EEOC claim of sex and gender discrimination. She sought damages of more than $180k – more than three times her salary! HR Resolutions participated in mediation alongside the employer. The employer:
- Admitted using “going in a different direction” during termination, instead of saying “you’re fired” in an attempt to spare her feelings.
- Presented the employer’s performance improvement plan for the employee and other documentation regarding the employee’s performance, along with follow-up communication.
The result? A settlement for $28K, based on the facts that the employee was provided ample notice to change, correct, and improve and she did not. As a manager, she should have been aware her job was on the line.
HR Resolutions provides small businesses with the expertise, perspective, and support necessary to establish a solid system to handle employee termination and avoid potentially costly missteps. Don’t be caught unaware!