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Can businesses reduce their risk of wrongful termination claims?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Employment Law For Employers

Wrongful termination is a serious allegation that can have a significant financial and reputational impact on a business. If the former employee decides to pursue a remedy and succeeds, the involved company may sustain severe losses.

It may not be possible to eliminate the risk of a wrongful termination complaint entirely. However, implementing some proactive measures to guide you or your human resources (HR) team could help you prevent claims before they have a chance to gain traction.

Define and clarify job expectations

Wrongful termination claims often stem from simple misunderstandings between employers and employees. For example, if your job descriptions are not detailed, employees may not know all you expect of them. Aim for brief, but clear job descriptions that specify all tasks and expectations.

Keep careful employment records

Occasionally, employers learn that they did terminate someone wrongfully due to errors in their work record. For example, after firing a worker for repeatedly violating your attendance policy, you discover their record of absences is incorrect. Always keep detailed, accurate employment records.

Know and follow the law

Employment laws differ from region to region. What is allowed in one state may be illegal in another. Stay abreast of current and emerging employment laws in Florida. It is also wise to revisit federal anti-discrimination laws to ensure your business remains in compliance.

Create a legal partnership

Unfortunately, some are always on the lookout for a chance to sue an employer and possibly obtain undeserved compensation. Forming a relationship with an employment law representative may help you combat frivolous claims. 

Further, it can help you explore mediation or arbitration as a means of resolving any legal complications that may threaten your business.