Firing an employee is difficult enough by itself — and nowadays, there’s often post-termination litigation to contend with as well. When managers get tripped up on the awkwardness of a termination or try to protect an employee’s feelings, they may inadvertently let company policies and legal requirements fall by the wayside. Attorneys E. Michelle Bohreer and Todd J. Zucker examine these crucial, and common, employer errors and describe some ways to avoid them.

In today’s business climate, employment-related litigation is commonplace. Some frequent missteps on the part of employers are easy to avoid through forethought, common sense and an understanding of how such disputes arise. The following are top mistakes that will either invite litigation by a disgruntled employee or increase the need for litigation against a former employee, as well as suggestions for avoiding such mistakes.