How to Fire: Strategies for Handling Difficult Terminations

Ms Gabrielle Thompson1
1Gavin De Becker & Associates, Glendale, United States

When conducting a termination meeting with a difficult or problem employee, it is important to set the stage, select the right cast, and prop up the employee’s dignity.  This presentation will address topics such as: who should be present, who should not be present, meeting guidelines to follow, how to respond to threats, and how to address security at the meeting.


Gabrielle is a leading behavioral scientist with a specialty in threat assessment. She has assessed and managed thousands of cases of inappropriate pursuit, threats, and harassment, including situations involving mentally ill stalkers, disgruntled current and former employees, stalkers who pursue their victims at the workplace, interpersonal stalking, and domestic violence.

Gabrielle has advised 18 Fortune 50 companies, as well as government and law enforcement agencies, universities, public figures, and victims of inappropriate pursuit. She is Senior Instructor at Gavin de Becker & Associates’ Advanced Threat Assessment Academy.

Gabrielle is a licensed private investigator specializing in investigations related to threat assessment. She graduated from Georgetown University cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She has been certified by the American Society of Industrial Security as a Protection Professional (CPP).

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