Common Documentation Mistakes Can Hurt Employers in the Courtroom, Attorneys Warn

August 12, 2013 – In The News
Bloomberg BNA

Christina Stoneburner was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article "Common Documentation Mistakes Can Hurt Employers in the Courtroom, Attorneys Warn." While the full text can be found in the August 12, 2013, issue of Bloomberg BNA, a synopsis is noted below.

Proper and thorough documentation by supervisors and human resources managers can mean the difference between a company winning and losing a lawsuit, according to multiple employment attorneys.

Without proper documentation, a company’s reason for firing or disciplining an attorney can appear unclear or inconsistent, attorneys say.

Christina Stoneburner warned that at some point in a lawsuit, if companies have insufficient documentation, it will become more difficult to show they properly investigated an employee complaint.

Having disciplinary reports that are not shown to or signed by an employee can also be problematic, according to Stoneburner. “I’ve seen HR administrators just put unsigned documents aside thinking there is nothing they can do with them,” Stoneburner said. “If you have an employee that refuses to sign a document, have a witness and write on the document that [the employee] refused to sign.”