Hate crimes are criminalized across the United States, and are defined as an act that is motivated by the hatred of a person's skin color, race, nationality or ethnicity. In the state of Pennsylvania, these crimes are referred to generally as acts of ethnic intimidation.
As an employer, one of your key priorities will be to, in one way or another, ensure compliance in the workplace. Noncompliant employees cost the company in lack of efficiency, hiring and firing costs and can potentially lead to expensive lawsuits. It also costs the company in invaluable factors such as the retainment of a positive culture and employee morale.
When employees have disputes with their employers and file a complaint, employers may want to consider an attorney-led mediation process. This can help resolve the disputes so that both parties can focus on their business relationship without the hassle of a court case.
As an employer, you will know that it is illegal for you to discriminate against disabled employees. This is true for both the hiring and selection process, but also for accommodating the needs of disabled employees once they are employed. The way that you accommodate these needs will depend largely on the nature of the disability that a person has. However, in order to avoid costly lawsuits, it is important that you know in detail the duties that you have as an employer.
One of the biggest mistakes that employers make in a human resources context is by assuming that since they have good intentions for their employees, they are not at any risk of being involved in an employment lawsuit.
Many aspects of hiring come down to lowering the potential risk for litigation and claims. Therefore, it is understandable that some recruiters are cautious about performing thorough background checks on prospective employees, for fear of being sued for an invasion of privacy.
There is a heightened awareness of discrimination in the workplace, and people are more informed than ever about what counts as harassment, exploitation or discrimination. Every workplace faces a risk of becoming a place where such behavior occurs, because employers simply cannot control the actions of all of their employees. However, when these instances do occur, it can be extremely detrimental to the company in question because it is costly, diminishes morale, and can generate negative publicity which can damage the business' reputation. The following are some key ways to prevent a discrimination lawsuit being raised at your company.
As an employer, it is well within your interests to make sure that any intellectual property, as well as loyal clients, are not "stolen" by any former employee after he or she leaves your company. Therefore, it is very important that you include some kind of noncompete agreement in their employment contract.
As an employer, it can be a daunting prospect to know what is expected of you when it comes to putting anti-discrimination practices into place. Many employers can feel confused in regard to the standards that they must adhere to and the extent to which they must go in order to ensure that the appropriate safeguards and practices are in place.
Making the decision to fire an employee is never an easy one. Having the conversation with the employee is in itself difficult, but it is also to some extent accepting defeat in the hiring process. You hired someone who was clearly not appropriate for the role, and in doing so, your business has incurred unnecessary hiring costs and spent money on salary that was not correctly utilized.