Employment related lawsuits continue to pose increasingly serious business risks to all private sector employees. Business owners face exposure to a variety of claims such as harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, wrongful discipline, violation of privacy, and many others. Some of the most frequent types of claims are race discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. The widespread trend of increasing lawsuits and claims continues. In 2005 and 2008 and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) collected around $370 million per year as a result of private sector claims. Moving ahead to 2011, the EEOC saw more discrimination charges than in any previous year since the commission was founded in 1964. To top that off, the dollar amount reported by the EEOC do not even include the employers’ costs of defending the claims, which can exceed $100,000 per claim. In addition to the EEOC claims, the costly trend of employment practices complaints continues across other areas. Due to a recent Supreme Court Decision in 2011, class-action litigation has and will continue to increase, and with increased class-action suits, employers will definitely see an increase in wage and hour litigation. The employment litigation environment is not a pleasant one for employers. So what do we do as business owners and employers? We start to minimize our exposures by ensuring that we are compliant in all of our employment processes, from pre-hire procedures to separation decisions. Make sure all of your supervisors are trained in proper employment practices, and well versed in documentation. EIN offers extensive supervisor and management training programs that aim to make sure your company’s leaders are knowledgeable of the risks of, and how to make the most risk adverse decisions.
Give EIN a call today at (304)204-8700, to set up training for your supervisors.