Essay on A Day In the Life

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HRM5020 Business Fundamentals
A Day in the Life
March 1, 2014

Summary of case Shirley Smith is a 58 year old female employee that was a current cancer patient and over the past few years has been performing mediocre work. The issues that Rob Peterson and the company faces, if they should fire Ms. Smith, is that cancer is covered under the American’s with Disability Act. She is a female which makes her fall under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the fact that she is 58 years of age so she is covered under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. (Popejoy, 2006) Emily Lessiker was one of three final candidates for an Auditor 1 position and just informed Rob Peterson that if she is chosen for
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(Gilbert, 2000)
Ethical Points of View Mr. Peterson and his management team need to approach the firing around fairness and justice to ethics and make sure they are doing everything ethically possible before letting Shirley go. The managers need to be honest with her and inform her of all the reasons of why she is being let go. If they decide not to let her go and put her on performance improvement plan they need to give her 30-90 days to improve her work style to a satisfactory level in all areas.
Make a decision based on the above (termination) They need to go with plan two and put Shirley on a 30-90 day performance plan to see if she improves to a satisfactory level. If she doesn’t, it is time for them to let her go.

Identify the implications of the employment process (hiring) described, which may create a legal liability
One of the final candidates just revealed to Mr. Peterson that she has leukemia and would not be able to start for six months after her start date was weighing heavy on him. He was taking into consideration the firm’s health plan and with it being a small company that the prices could go up for employees. On top of that he knows about Emily’s condition and if he doesn’t hire her for the position then it could be because it was based on her condition. Mr. Peterson is not making this hiring decision solely by himself it will be up to the college recruiting committee, of which he was a member. (Popejoy,