There are times when you have to let an employee go because it’s just not working. You know that it’s the best move for the company, and you know that you have a valid reason to fire them.
However, you are concerned that the employee may lie about why they were fired. After all, studies have found that disgruntled employees are more likely to be dishonest in many ways at work. Some of them will lie to their boss, others will steal items from the office. If they’re dissatisfied or unhappy in their job, it is just statistically more likely that they’re going to engage in these types of activities.
With that in mind, you know that a disgruntled former employee may be dishonest and may also feel like they no longer have anything to lose.
Why is this a problem?
It doesn’t necessarily matter what the employee tells their friends or family about why they got fired, but it can create problems when they delve into legal territory.
For instance, an employee may feel angry that they were fired or embarrassed about what actually led to it. They could lie and say that they were discriminated against because of their race. You know that their race had absolutely nothing to do with the firing, and so does the employee. But statements like this can be very convincing to others, which can have a major negative impact on your reputation. It could even lead to a lawsuit where you’re sued by this former employee, alleging a type of discrimination or wrongful termination that never occurred.
In a situation like this, you need to make sure that you know about all the legal options at your disposal to defend your business.