Employment Civil Lawsuits

How to be Mindful of Protected Classes in the Workplace

Today, employment related civil lawsuits account for a quarter of all civil lawsuits. According to HR Specialist: Employment Law, employers lose 60% of these types of cases. With the typical award around $500,000, the company’s bottom line is hit. However, another crucial area that is negatively impacted is the company culture. Who wants to work for or do business with an organization that practices discrimination? Eventually, no one. The solution: Minimize employment related civil lawsuits by being mindful of protected classes in the workplace. Protected Classes Lawsuits filed against businesses by employees are usually based on allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. From hiring to firing, the way an employer interacts with candidates for hire and employees should not discriminatory of a protected class based upon: Race Color Religion Sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation) National origin Age (40 or older) Disability Genetic information The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) further extends the protection for people who: Complain about discrimination File a charge of discrimination Participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit Protected classes are also state specific. For example, in the state of Ohio, ancestry is protected, so employers should know specific...

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