You can run your business as carefully and correctly as can be, and you may still come across a disgruntled employee. There may still be reasons for an employee to misinterpret company policies or actions and think they have faced discrimination. For whatever reason, if an employee files a lawsuit against you as their employer, you need to know what to do to protect yourself, your company, and your finances.
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, we take pride in being the Fairfax employee lawsuit attorneys who companies of all sizes trust during difficult times. As a law firm that focuses our efforts and practice on employers and businesses, we can effectively and confidently handle any accusations and lawsuits that may be targeting your company.
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Why Would Your Employee Want to Sue You?
The first thing you might be wondering as a business owner might be why an employee would ever want to file a lawsuit against you. After all, you have always conducted your business honestly and within the law. Your company culture is probably also known for prioritizing employee happiness. Why would one of your own workers try to sue you, then?
There are a few common reasons why employee lawsuits arise:
- Wage and hour violations: No one likes having their income tampered with. If an employee even suspects you might have miscalculated their hours, salary, benefits, and overtime, then they are likely to react instantly by threatening a lawsuit. Keep a careful record of all salaries and paychecks through a financial department to reduce the chances of being sued for pay and hour violations.
- Hostile work environments: Sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse in the workplace can practically guarantee your company will be sued for not preventing these behaviors. A workspace can also be “hostile” if it is unsafe. For example, you could be sued if an employee trips in an unkempt stockroom and suffers a serious injury.
- Employment discrimination: A major issue that often leads to employee lawsuits is employment discrimination. Employees who belong to a protected class – like race, religion, and sex – can sue if they think they have been discriminated against. For instance, a senior employee who did not earn a promotion may erroneously believe you chose not to promote them due to their age.
- Wrongful termination: Losing a job is often a traumatic experience, especially in recent years when people need every penny they can earn. Out of resentment for being fired or let go, a disgruntled employee may accuse you of wrongful termination, even though you had justified reasons for terminating their employment contract.
What Can Happen If You Lose an Employee Lawsuit?
Being sued by your own employee is not good, to say the least. Losing the lawsuit is even worse. Depending on the situation, there are a number of consequences you and your company could face if the lawsuit does not end in your favor.
Losing an employee lawsuit could result in:
- Paying restitution to the employee
- Being fined by the state for employment law violations
- Being criminally charged for severe employment law violations
- Destruction of your reputation
- Loss of your company’s clients and customers
- Shuttering of your business
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The important thing to remember about employee lawsuits is that you can always defend against them with the right preparation and knowledge. Team up with DiPietro Law Group, PLLC in Fairfax and our attorneys to give your company the best chance of success. With our backgrounds in business law, we know where to look for evidence in your defense and how to construct a convincing argument on your behalf.
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