The Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday in Lawrence v. City of Youngstown, 2012-Ohio-4247 (Sept. 20, 2012), which reminds employers that they have a duty to notify employees within a reasonably prompt time of their discharge.

Keith Lawrence, a former City of Youngstown employee, was suspended on January 7, 2007, without pay, pending an investigation. Two days later, the City discharged him. Lawrence claimed he did not become aware of his discharge until February 19th—nearly six weeks later. The City stated it sent Lawrence a letter because he was not working at the time he was discharged. Unfortunately …