Wait, what? Court says ‘good fit’ isn’t necessarily code for discrimination or retaliation.

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Employment lawyers and HR professionals generally preach that employees view “it’s not a good fit” to explain their termination of employment as code for discrimination or retaliation.

It’s HR101.

But yesterday, a federal court of appeals explained that this well-intentioned but often misconstrued rationale isn’t always a thinly-veiled, pretextual excuse to fire someone. Sometimes, people aren’t “good fits.”

The case involved a defendant that did not renew the contract of the plaintiff, a teacher, telling her that she and the defendant “were not a good fit for each other.”

The plaintiff subsequently sued the defendant. Among her claims, the

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