Dismissal With Prejudice

Definition - What does Dismissal With Prejudice mean?

Dismissal with prejudice refers to a situation in which an employee is terminated due to the actions of the employee. This could include unethical behavior, criminal behavior, a failed drug test, insubordination, or any other of a number of actions on the part of the employee. Reasons that an employer may use for dismissal with prejudice are often subject to contracts or local/state/federal laws. For example, an employer would be legally barred from firing (dismissing) and employee for becoming pregnant. Dismissal with prejudice can also be called fired for cause.

WorkplaceTesting explains Dismissal With Prejudice

Dismissal with prejudice is the firing of an employee due to the behavior, or actions, of the employee. By contrast, dismissal without prejudice where an employee is dismissed for reasons unrelated to their own behavior. For example, the job may simply have been cut from the budget.

Employees who are removed from the job through dismissal with prejudice are often ineligible for certain federal benefits such as Unemployment Benefits and may face other legal remifications depending on the reason they were dismissed.

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