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Common employment lawsuits employers want to avoid

Being an employer is a tough job. You may face many days where you do not receive a single thank you, and you may even face attitude or backlash from your employees. You always try to keep your calm because you know that working any job can be stressful. Still, you have a lot on your plate and only want the best for your employees.

Unfortunately, even if you do your best, your employees may still find fault with the way you handle some matters. In some cases, disgruntled employees may take legal action against their employers if they feel that certain situations have gotten out of hand. You undoubtedly do not want to end up facing any lawsuit.

What can you do?

Luckily, you can take steps to avoid some of the more common lawsuits that stem from workplace environments, including the following:

  • Discrimination: Employees file numerous lawsuits every year due to claims of gender, race, religion, age, disability or other protected class discrimination. Knowing laws regarding discrimination and ensuring that you do not treat any employee unjustly based on those characteristics could prevent lawsuits.
  • Personal injury: Unfortunately, workers commonly get hurt on the job. However, you could face a lawsuit if an employee claims that you were negligent in some way, such as not ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Wrongful termination: You may reach a point where you must fire a worker or multiple workers. You likely do not enjoy having to be the bearer of such bad news, but you may face a more difficult issue if workers believe that you fired them unlawfully, such as by breaching a contract or for discriminatory reasons.
  • Wage violations: If you have hourly employees who are not exempt from overtime pay, it is important that they receive their proper compensation for any overtime hours. Failing to pay overtime could constitute wage theft and quickly lead to a lawsuit.

One of the best ways to avoid employment lawsuits of any kind is to understand your legal obligations as an employer and what New York state laws do and do not allow. In the event that an employee does bring a suit against you or you simply want help staying compliant with the law, you will want to reach out to an employment law attorney for legal support.

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