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Just Cause

Term Definition
A reason for taking negative employment action, often in a disciplinary or legal situation. For example, supervisors must have just cause when taking steps to discipline or terminate an employee.

Extended Definition
In order for there to be the presence of just cause, an individual, usually an employee, must be educated or otherwise informed that the behavior or steps taken could result in disciplinary action. Often, this is done with an employee guidebook introduced at the beginning of employment and then with a series of verbal and written warnings.

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