As you now know, the decision to terminate is a major undertaking. In order to prevent a mistake, always ask yourself, “Have I forgotten anything that weakens this decision?”

For example, let’s say you terminate a female employee for poor job performance and she files a charge of discrimination, stating she was fired only because she is a woman. You check out the employee’s records and find her last two performance reviews were not bad. She was rated 3 on a scale of 1 to 5. You further discover she was just given a merit increase only three months ago. How did this happen?

Frankly, it should not have happened. The following list will help you avoid such oversights. Always audit yourself using this list whenever ...

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