Ann Kiernan replies:
Assuming that it is otherwise legal to do the layoff, no special formalities are required. But even if it’s legal to fire people by texting, I certainly would not recommend it! That impersonal approach shows no respect for the human being on the other end of the phone. When Charlie Sheen was let go from his TV show in March, 2011, he complained bitterly, “I got a text or something – these guys are such yellow cockroaches that they didn’t even have the decency to call me.”
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