Protected Class Employees – Don’t Forget “Protection” When Disciplining or Terminating Employees

July 16th, 2013 by

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Remember the “protected” rule when disciplining or terminating employees. Never discipline or terminate an employee in a protected class, or an employee engaged in a protected activity without consulting an attorney. Protected classes are race, color, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, genetic information, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and gender identification (some jurisdictions). Protected activities include lodging a harassment complaint, filing a work comp claim, taking certain leaves including FMLA leave, asking for a disability accommodation or complaining or filing a charge of unlawful activities.

Remember to review your policies prior to disciplining or terminating employees to protect yourself and your business.

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