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How to fire people the right way

Meridith Levinson | Nov. 1, 2011
When Roy Bostock, the chairman of Yahoo's board of directors, fired Carol Bartz over the phone last month, the company's cold handling of the termination was widely regarded as an example of how not to fire an executive--or any employee for that matter.

One final word of advice: Always have two people present in the meeting other than the individual being fired. That way, says Moore, if you end up in litigation, it's not one person's word against the other. "It's better to have a second person from the company who can indicate exactly what was said," she says.

Meridith Levinson covers Careers, Project Management and Outsourcing for Follow Meridith on Twitter @meridith. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Meridith at


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