If your business has even a few employees, you cannot entirely avoid the risk of a lawsuit charging you with some type of employment discrimination, whether based on sex, race, age or any one of a number of other characteristics. Unfortunately, even if you have an excellent risk management program, an employment practices lawsuit can happen in any business. For example, you may fire a worker for poor job performance only to find he or she files a lawsuit charging that the real reason for the termination was race, religion, age or some other protected characteristic. Regardless of whether the employee can ultimately prove the charges, you may be tied up in a legal defense for a long time. Even if you think you’ve done nothing wrong, you could be found liable for discrimination and responsible for the payment of a large damage award
When it comes to employment practices, the causes of action are broad, defense can be difficult and settlements are significant. It’s smart to secure protection now, before you’re hit with a claim.
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