Protecting Your Company from Legal Pitfalls during Employee Discipline and Termination

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Houston Center SBDC

Registration is no longer available.

Every good employee handbook documents employee performance – good performance and not so good performance.  It’s essential for you and your employees to know what is and isn’t allowed and the consequences if polices are violated.  In this session our legal experts will explain a step-by-step process for legally documenting what constitutes employee misconduct, discipline procedures, and employee termination. 

This session includes information on:
  • Drafting a misconduct/discipline policy that is legal and enforceable for your employee handbook
  • drafting a disciplinary notice for an employee 
  • Employee disciplinary meetings - who should be in the room and who signs the documentation
  • Employee termination meetings - what not to say and other facts to consider when terminating an employee
  • Employee probation - pros and cons 
  • Disciplining an employee (from an oral policy in Texas) 
  • The legal importance of documentation
  • Using your documentation to defend against unemployment claims
  • Using your documentation to defend against Title VII discrimination lawsuits 
  • Legally acceptable grounds for termination
  • Employer rights and responsibilities in terminating an employee

Target Audience: This class is geared to business owners with at least one employee or about to hire their first employee.  It will also be helpful for businesses in the process of updating their employee handbook.


During this session the trainer will not answer any questions or give a legal opinion on your specific situation.  The law regarding the topic will be explained and general questions regarding the law will be answered.  If you need a referral to a qualified Houston area attorney please contact the University of Houston Legal Aid Clinic at (713) 743-2094.


Carol P. Keough, Managing Attorney/Owner, Keough Law Firm, PLLC

Please Note:

The Houston Center SBDC reserves the right to cancel a class if sufficient enrollment is not met.  

Satisfactory meeting room temperatures are difficult to maintain.  Always bring a sweater or jacket to ensure comfort.

No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the workshop.

Only service animals allowed - If you need to bring a service animal with you to a workshop please contact us ahead of time.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Houston Center SBDC at (713) 752-8488 for accommodations, or if you have questions about this class.

If you choose to pay at the door please add $20 to the registration fee.