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Dos and don’ts of employee disciplinary action

These recommendations can help restaurants avoid potential lawsuits

A hotel bartender received received four disciplinary warnings and was terminated in accordance with the hotel’s disciplinary policy, which explicitly stated that employees with four disciplinary violations were subject to termination. Yet other employees at the same hotel with more than 11 disciplinary acts were not terminated. The terminated worker had HIV and sued for disability discrimination (Greenway v. Buffalo Hilton Hotel), and a jury awarded him $1.4 million.

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