Grounds for Termination: What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know

The main objective of this session is to discuss legal grounds for termination. By the time this session is over, you should be able to identify the employment laws that affect termination, recognize legitimate reasons for terminating employees, and prevent wrongful discharge and discrimination lawsuits.

Why “Grounds for Termination: What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know” Matters

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from terminating employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. A 1978 amendment prohibits employers from firing on the basis of medical condition, including pregnancy.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from disciplining or terminating employees for complaining about wage and hour violations.
  • The National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from engaging in unfair labor practices, such as preventing employees from joining a union, filing complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, or testifying in a board hearing.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for filing complaints about workplace safety or health issues.

Key Points

  • Make sure you have legitimate grounds and adequate proof before terminating workers.
  • Take the requirements of employment laws into consideration.
  • Make sure you’ve documented your case for termination accurately and completely.
  • Use termination as a last resort.
  • Remember that it is easier to make good hiring decisions than resort to firing.

Duration: 21 minutes


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