• 11 minutes

How to Avoid the Performance Management Mistakes That Lead to Lawsuits


Learn the legal landmines to avoid when dealing with performance management.

Runtime: 11 minutes


Most employment-related lawsuits result from poor communication, arbitrary conduct, favoritism, failing to address problems early, lack of honesty, or lack of accountability. That makes it incredibly important that supervisors and managers understand that many problems can be avoided if they are not even giving the perception of acting arbitrarily or of favoring an employee. Having supervisors work on their communication skills goes a long way to avoid lawsuits. This video reviews how to deal with problem employees, what should and should not be in the personnel file, and how to respond when an employee’s lawyers want to see the personnel file.


Betsy Johnson

Betsy Johnson

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Shareholder and former managing shareholder of the Los Angeles office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employment and labor law, with an emphasis on providing day-to-day advice and counsel to Human Resources and in-house legal teams
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous effective performance management, employment discrimination, ADA and FMLA compliance, and wage/hour compliance
  • Wrote several publications related to the areas of managing employment and labor law
  • Member of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team
  • Member of the California, New York and South Carolina Bar Associations, California Super Lawyer, Fellow in the ABA College of Labor & Employment Law, and Fellow in the ABA Foundation
  • J.D. degree, University of South Carolina; B.A. degree, University of South Carolina
  • Can be contacted at 213-438-1297 or [email protected]

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