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Are there guidelines to firing someone?
Career / 10:05 AM - Monday June 07, 2010

Are there guidelines to firing someone?

I know this is a silly question, but my boss up and fired someone for being 30 minutes late for work. But my aunt (this is a family owned business) told me you can't just fire someone for being late. There is a process. I know that here you give a verbal warning, then a written, and after that, termination. What's your take? Thanks.

- Asked by Male, 36-45

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There is no law prohibiting firing someone who does not show up for work on time except the company is required to follow its own company policy. If it has no policy, or if the policy says you may be fired for being late, then you may be fired for being late.

Some employers, such as the government, and ones with unions, often have policies saying that you have to get a warning the first time. Small companies and non-union companies usually have no policy requiring a warning first.

- Response by greenwind, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Construction

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Every state in the U.S. has a different set of guidelines for unemployment qualifications. Which means that you can fire an employee for anything you want but if it does not fall in the guide lines of being reasonible then they employer will pay the unemployment.

Unions are a whole different ball of wax!

- Response by seasons4, A Sportif, Female, 46-55, Financial / Banking

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Much like hiring, you can't fire someone because of the race, religion, ext-ext. It may seam harsh, but yes the can fire someone for anything else.

Employers also can't defame their character preventing that person from getting a new job. That's why most ex-employers will only state that you worked there, that you were released and not much more.

- Response by cosmicdog0, A Guy Critical, Male, 56-65, Denver, Science / Engineering

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Some of these responses are right.

Here is the key:

It is OK for him to fire someone for being late one time. That's his choice. But if that person can prove that someone ELSE was late one time and was not fired, then your boss is majorly up the creek. There is probably a time clock, so they could subpoena the time clock records. You have to have a police across the board. If you DON'T have a policy, then you have to treat every employee equally.


- Response by myndseye711, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Bilbao, Celebrity

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there is a process and it depends if they are under their probation period or not. Some companys will just fire you while others will give you verbal, then written notice then fire the person. Depends how the company works

- Response by mistypeaks, A Hippie Chick, Female, 22-25, Edmonton, Body Work

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I think it all depends on the size of your company, your company policy, laws of that state, employment contracts, etc.

Normally, everyone is entitled to receive warnings before they're fired so they can fix whatever the problem is.

But .. most of us are really just working at the will of our employer. Just as we can quit when we want to .. they can let us go when they want to.

This kind of thing could be challenged legally I'm sure.

- Response by mrscleaver16, A Married Girl, Female, 66 or older

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The process your aunt is talking about is what rational Good Managers use in the discipline process. However if the business is privately owned and there is obviously no Union...then many of these so called owners have little or no business experience in management and make rash and punitive
decision based on spur of the moment anger and power(ownership)
Good Luck ... working there~~!

- Response by lady4u, A Married Girl, Female, 56-65, Cincinnati, Who Cares?

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Most companies do give warnings and if the person continues to be late for work they are fired. The boss should have given a warning unless the person is always late. Rosey

- Response by roseytalks, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Tampa, Who Cares?

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I have fired people for being ten mins late

- Response by bigcurt, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Pittsburgh, Self-Employed

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