Grin and Bear It? Jill's Dream or Demise
This case is about a professional woman nearing retirement age who was put on a performance improvement plan (PIP) and eventually was offered a severance package to leave her company. The reader explores the issues facing the employee and the employer as they navigate this difficult terrain. Was this a forced or voluntary separation? How did Jill go from her dream job to her demise? Did Jill deserve to be separated based on performance? The Teaching Note (TN) provides expert opinions from the legal and human resource perspectives on the topics of discrimination, employment law, and unjust dismissal. A series of case questions and answers, three suggested teaching activities, and additional resources are included in the teaching note.
Gumbus, A. and Christian, V. (2010). Grin and bear it? Jill's dream or demise. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 11(2), 10-42.