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Paula Deen’s Firing: 5 Lessons for Businesses

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By Betty Wang

Treat your workers with respect. The lawsuit for which Deen was deposed was filed by a former employee who is alleging discrimination. Treating your workers with professionalism and respect is always the general rule of thumb for business owners to go by. This strictly forbides any kind of employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Don’t get too personal. Remember that even if you are friendly with your employees, you must still act in a professional capacity. That means certain comments, intentional or not, may yield harmful results. You should always err on the side of caution, especially if the comments you’re about to make are related to one’s gender, age, sexual orientation, or race.

Be healthy and eat right! Eating healthy has both short-term and long-term benefits that of course affect your quality of life in and out of the workplace. While diabetes can sometimes be genetic, it can often be controlled and prevented with a healthy eating regime. This may be challenging for busy entrepreneurs, but keeping a close eye on your diet can pay off in the long run, in more ways than one.

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