Poor performance not a blank cheque to fire employees

Employers must prove they had legitimate reasons and took the proper steps before termination
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Report on Training & Development|Last Updated: 11/09/2005

Being terminated for any reason is rough. Because employment forms such a strong part of a person’s identity, being unwanted by one’s employer is a bitter pill to swallow and a blow to self-esteem.

But being terminated for cause is even more difficult. Not only does the employee believe he is no longer wanted by the company, but there is a definite reason for the dismissal.

Too often, employers terminate employees for performance reasons merely because they believe poor performance gives them a blank cheque to terminate the employment relationship for cause. But terminating an employee for cause is not simple. After all, just cause is the capital punishment of employment law and courts will push employers to prove they had legitimate reasons, and have taken the proper steps, to terminate the employment relationship for cause.