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The Right to Be Treated with Respect

The Golden Rule of Employee Relations

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

—Confucius1

Why do employees sue? I often think about this question. More often than not, it comes down to respect. Employees sue when they feel disrespected or when they perceive unfair treatment. Yet, it is not simply enough for an employer to treat employees well during their tenure. Employers should also strive to treat employees well in conjunction with their terminations and even thereafter.

If you do not want to be sued, for example, do not make a terminated employee feel like a common ...

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