Court backs hotel’s right to make personnel decisions

March 2008 Hospitality Law

When firing employees, employers have always had to tread carefully as personnel decision are monitored constantly. However, a recent federal court decision found that as long as solid, consistent human resources policies are in effect, discrimination lawsuits will be less likely to stick. The court found that employers may terminate employment for good or bad reasons, or even no reason at all, as long as there was no discriminatory intent behind the firing.

To combat lawsuits, employers should implement at-will statements that are made known to employees, follow clearly defined policies and thoroughly investigate employment decisions that can potentially have adverse affects.