Even "at-will" employees, those who "can be fired at any time, for
almost any reason," have some protected rights when it comes to their
employment status, says small-business expert and columnist Steve
Strauss, with the most important protection being that a worker can't
be fired on the basis of their color, sex, religion, age, ethnic
background or disability. To protect your business from employment
discrimination claims:

  • Have an employee handbook outlining your nondiscrimination policy.
  • Document frequently, with regular written performance reviews.
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