Toxic Employees: 3 Types of Employees to Fire, Sooner than Later

Are all of your employees perfect in every way? Of course not. But you are only as strong as your weakest link. So, here are three types of...

The Cat Burglar

This employees’ lack of ethical standards has begun to directly impact their work and your clients. If an employee has been caught stealing from your company, termination is a legitimate next step.

Employee theft is a big deal. “According to the US Chamber of Commerce, employee theft is costing American business $40 billion annually and is increasing by 15% per year. In the past, we recognized employee theft as ‘raw materials walking out the backdoor.’ Today’s trends indicate a dramatic shift towards more sophisticated “crimes” involving fraud, embezzlement, or skimming often taking place over several (or many) years,” Michael Perlmuter, Esq., President and General Counsel at Alex N. Sill Co. explains.

Ensure to outline the disciplinary action associated with internal theft in your employee manual beforehand and gather sufficient evidence to show that an employee was caught stealing. If not, you could be held liable for wrongful termination.


Breaking up is hard to do — especially in business. According to Nolo.com, “Surveys repeatedly show that managers dread this part of their jobs more than any other — and with good reason: surveys also show that the way an employee’s termination is handled is often a motivating factor in that person’s decision to sue a former employer.”

Keep in mind that “Firing someone for personal reasons, without any valid reason to back up your decision, will likely result in a wrongful termination lawsuit. Employers must always have a legal reason for firing employees.”

It is always your responsibility to perform due diligence as the leader of your organization. Some performance problems can easily be fixed, while others cannot. Seek advice from an HR consultant prior to making termination decisions and to decrease the legal risks of employee termination.

Before terminating an employee or engaging in layoffs, make sure you are in compliance with state and federal laws. “If you are worried about being sued by a terminated employee … consider asking the employee to sign a release: an agreement not to sue you in exchange for receiving certain benefits. Some employers routinely ask their employees to sign a release as a condition of receiving a severance package.

Visit the Department of Labor website, to learn more about termination, equal employment opportunity requirements, and how to properly terminate an employee.

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