ALEXANDRIA, VA. - One way many companies avoid the touchy issue of wrongful dismissal is hiring through temporary services. Because the temporary service is the employer, a company is not liable if it wants to dismiss a worker who isn't working out or because of a production lull.
Going through a temporary service gives an employer the opportunity to see workers' skills firsthand and to see how they will fit in with the company environment prior to actually hiring them.
If workers do not live up to the expectations of the employer, the temporary service takes the responsibility for firing them, or placing them with another company.
Bruce Steinberg, a spokesman for the National Association of Temporary Workers in Alexandria, said using a temporary help company can reduce an employer's liability.
A company can even find itself in hot water with someone it did not hire if that person decides he or she did not get the job because of some type of discrimination.
``Every time you interview someone for a job and don't hire them, you open yourself up to liability,'' Steinberg said.