Managing and maintaining employee relationships is essential to every business. When disputes between employers and employees cannot be prevented or avoided, it may give rise to litigation. Mishandling a harassment or discrimination claim can lead to costly legal battles, government investigation and disruption of the work environment.
Whether you are an employee or employer, Priori’s curated network of employment litigators makes it easy to find the right lawyer to handle these sensitive, and often contentious, matters.
Workplace discrimination and harassment occur when an employee suffers from unfavorable, unfair or unwelcome treatment in the workplace. Often these claims are based on the following categories: age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. It’s the employer’s responsibility to have policies and procedures in place to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Whether or not the discrimination and harassment accusations are true, employers must carefully handle the situation.
In addition to harassment and discrimination claims, employment litigation can arise from a number of different matters. Some of the more common employment litigation matters are disputes over wages and hours, workers’ compensation, misappropriation of trade secrets and the enforcement of Non-Competition Agreements. It’s important to not only seek a lawyer with litigation experience but one who has specific experience handling employment matters. Whether through the courts, administrative agencies or settlement, an experienced employment litigator provides the best chance to successfully resolve a dispute.
Priori can connect you with a network of vetted employment litigators at their most competitive rates. The hourly rates for Priori lawyers who handle employment disputes are as low as $150 per hour. Put in a request today to set up free consultations with members of the Priori network and get a better sense of how much your particular project will cost.
When should you hire a lawyer if an employee files a complaint against your business?
If you face any of the claims above, it is important to handle them with extreme care. Mishandling a harassment or discrimination claim can lead to costly legal battles, government investigation and a disruption of the work environment. Because your business is at stake, you should consult a lawyer as soon as you learn of the claim (or suspect there may be one imminent).
Does sexual harassment only occur through harassment of a sexual nature?
No. Generally speaking, sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways: “quid pro quo” sexual harassment and the creation of a “hostile environment.” Quid pro quo sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and physical harassment of a sexual nature. An alternative form of sexual harassment is the creation of a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment arises from severe or pervasive conduct that permeates the work environment and interferes with an employee’s ability to perform his or her job.