You have to tread carefully when you fire employees, knowing that they may feel wronged or sue your franchise business, making allegations of discrimination or wrongful termination. You would prefer this to go as smoothly as possible, and you do not want to have a legal situation on your hands.
Now, you may know that you have reason to fire the employee and that your grounds are valid. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to take action anyway. Can you spot employees who are more likely to do this so that you can prepare in advance?
Be wary of your problem employees
You want to watch for problematic employees who have issues in other areas, especially if they always consider themselves a victim and have a so-called persecution complex. This indicates that they are only likely to see things in light of this worldview, even when your reasons for letting them go are valid.
For instance, you may have an employee who is impossible to teach, who resists change, and who has an attitude that means they don’t want to listen to anyone else. This clearly makes for a poor employee because you’re not going to get good performance out of them, and they’re not going to improve. It may also mean that their attitude will lead them to assume that you are in the wrong when they lose their job.
If you are involved in a dispute with an employee over something like this, it is essential to understand the legal steps to protect your franchise and reputation.