Employment litigation is something that many business owners don’t ever want to have to deal with. These cases can take considerable time and energy. In some cases, they are expensive to handle. It is always better to try to thwart situations that might lead to litigation. This isn’t always easy, but the first step is having a solid employee handbook that is filled with policies that align with the law.
We recently discussed the steps that you should take to document employee issues and write-ups, but this isn’t enough to help in these cases. You need to show that your company tried to proactively prevent the issue that occurred. This can help because it shows whether the employee broke the rules with the actions they took or not.
If you do find out that you are going to face litigation for an employment issue, you need to get moving quickly on the defense that you are going to use. This gives you time to review the situation so that you are able to determine how to address each point. Remember, the more you can show about the situation from your side, the better you might fare.
Never forget that you are going to need to show how you handled the situation. For example, if you have an employee who is claiming that you didn’t do anything about them being sexually harassed, you need to be able to show that you did take corrective action to address the issue after you investigated what happened.
We are here to help you determine what options you have to confront the issue. Litigation isn’t ever ideal for your company, but we are here to help you through the matter.