How to Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

In today’s litigious environment employee discrimination lawsuits are all too common. However, such lawsuits are actually preventable. With the help of a skilled NJ business attorney, you can take proactive steps to help your business avoid employee lawsuits.

Several federal laws provide protections against employment discrimination including:

Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

• Equal Pay Act of 1963. Protects both men and women from sex-based wage discrimination.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Prohibits employment discrimination based on age (40 years).

• Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Prohibits employment discrimination against qualified disable individuals.

As an employer there are proactive steps you can take to help prevent employment discrimination within your company such as:

• Establish company policies that prohibit employment discrimination.

• Educate employees about your anti-discrimination policies and how to recognize employment discrimination.

• Train management personnel on how to deal with discrimination complaints effectively.

• Enforce anti-discrimination policies without exception.

• Ensure your personnel department understands the appropriate handling of discrimination complaints.

• If necessary enforce anti-discrimination policies through disciplinary action.

• Adopt a thorough method of documenting complaints and investigations into discrimination claims.

• Obtain legal advice from your business attorney on how to train your employees about employment discrimination and how to handle a complaint if one arises—including any attempts of retaliation against the employee who lodged the complaint.

Learn to recognize the warning signs

Employers can protect their businesses from employment discrimination lawsuits by learning to recognize the warning signs and handling the situation thoroughly and with the help of sound legal advice. Contact LaVan Law online or call us at 856-235-4079 today to discuss how you can protect your business against employee discrimination lawsuits.

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