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Don’t rely on Chat GPT to write your dismissal letter

With the arrival of Chat GPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot launched by OpenAI on November 30, 2022, many questioned the possibility of using this device to deal with legal issues.

Indeed, you could ask Chat GPT to write a dismissal letter, by providing the AI with the name of your company and the name of the relevant employee, and the device will generate a letter with this information.

However, according to French law, there are specific rules to follow when dismissing an employee.

For example, in case of termination for personal reasons, a specific time period must be respected between the preliminary meeting with the employee and the sending of the dismissal letter, which Chat GPT might not warn you about.

Moreover, the dismissal must be based on a valid reason (“cause réelle et sérieuse”), and the employer needs to be able to prove the facts that led to the employee’s dismissal. If the employee challenges their dismissal, the litigation will be limited to the facts mentioned in the dismissal letter.

To avoid a judgment against your company because of a lack of precision within your dismissal letter, we advise you to consult with a lawyer (e.g., MGG Legal) to make sure you fully comply with French law in terms of the dismissal of an employee.