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No one wants to hear 'You're fired.' Is there a better way to dismiss a problem worker?

It's a sentence no one likes to say or hear: "You're fired."

But with the focus on preventing violence in the workplace after events like the shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Ill., some companies are considering whether there's a better way to handle potentially volatile firings.

The goal is to balance respect for the employee being let go with the safety of co-workers. And no one is taking tips from Donald Trump in "The Apprentice."

In Aurora, police said Gary Martin was being fired when he turned

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