For the first time in almost 20 years, the EEOC released proposed guidance on the issue of workplace retaliation. Why now? The significant increase in retaliation claims is the reason.
An employer can easily spend $50,000 or more just to defend a wrongful termination case. And, if the claims are successful at trial, the payout can be in the millions. Take for example, the case involving Microsoft-- a former sales executive sued the company for wrongful termination and a jury awarded him $11.6 million dollars.
Making the decision to terminate an employee and conducting the termination meeting are two of the most difficult responsibilities managers have. Yet, many managers have no idea how to properly conduct a termination.
EEOC advises that employers should maintain a "written, plain-language anti-retaliation policy". Does your policy include topics such as proactive steps for avoiding actual or perceived retaliation, examples of retaliation that managers may not otherwise realize are actionable, a reporting mechanism for employee concerns, and a "clear explanation" that retaliation can be subject to discipline, up to and including termination?
Takeaways From This Training
- The most common mistakes of a termination meeting
- The laws that impact every employer during a termination
- The reasons for a valid and legal termination
- How to validate and document the need for a termination
- How to prepare for the termination meeting
- How to conduct the termination meeting without opening yourself up for wrongful termination lawsuit
You will receive sample written anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies and knowledge about how to implement them.
You Also Receive
- 1.0 HRCI-approved hour
- 1.0 CPE-approved hour
- Copy of speaker's presentation slides
Your Avant Expert
Lisa Yankowitz is a professional speaker, corporate trainer, management advisor, coach, HR investigator and expert witness. Lisa educates organizations and associations on a wide range of performance and HR compliance topics.
She helps organizations and individuals improve performance by teaching the fundamentals and coaching them on practical implementation. Lisa helps organizations stay out of trouble and stay out of court by teaching employees what they need to know about workplace laws.
Lisa is a member of the National Speakers Association, was featured as one of Sky Radio Network's "Best Speakers in America" and is a contributing author to the book "Remarkable Women." For almost 5 years, Lisa served as a regular contributor on News Channel 5's "Today in St. Louis" where each week she helped employers understand how to get the best out of their employees.