For a school assignment, we were given a fictional company with a list of eight fictional employees and have to pick three to discharge due to downsizing of the HR department (which all work in). Each employee that retains their job in the HR department will have to take on the additional work. My goal is to retain employees who will be able to perform most if not all jobs within the HR department. While going over the information given on each employee i found these four (see below) are the hardest to figure out what legal reason (if any) I would have for terminating their employment and what possible legal issues (including lawsuits) that may arise from it. Any insight is very appreciated. Greg has been with the Cost Club HR for 5 years, and has demonstrated considerable ability to learn complex areas quickly, although he’s not above average in any one job. While Frank has been involved in tech hiring, Greg has not. Greg’s religion prevents him from doing any work on Saturday or Sunday, so when there is weekend work, Greg will not participate, forcing other employees to have to do the weekend work more frequently. Horatio is a 22-year old Hispanic male who was hired pursuant to a settlement in an EEO case that Horatio filed; he believed he was denied employment with Cost Club, because of his limited effectiveness with the English language. The company decided that, while it did not believe it had violated Horatio’s rights in any way, it would be a good-faith demonstration for the company to hire him. There was widespread dissatisfaction with the decision to hire someone who was suing the company, so the HR department decided to take Horatio into its own operation, where he would not be exposed to the hard feelings of other employees. He was hired six months ago and is just learning health and insurance, but is still only marginally skilled. Charles joined the company about 20 years ago, and has focused on building a deep understanding of the hiring market from which the company recruits technical workers. This knowledge has enabled the company to maintain a strategic advantage, and it always seems that the company gets the best workers in the industry. While Charles has been outstanding in this critical area, he hasn’t learned much about other HR activities, but that was acceptable, because Charles performed such an important task for the company. Charles is an openly gay male, and his lifestyle has never fit well with the majority of the workers of the company. Diane is a 30-year old expert records specialist who also handles all the complicated health care issues for employees. She covers all insurance and health care matters, and additionally deals with injury compensation and workers compensation matters for the company. Diane is a single mother of three small children, and while her work is outstanding, she has had some minor attendance problems related to sick children and other matters during her 10 years with the company.
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