Legal action brought on by allegations of discrimination can be incredibly challenging for business owners since these lawsuits can result in much more than harsh financial penalties. In fact, cases involving discrimination can also bring down the good reputation of a business and they may also encourage other staff members to file suit (even if there is no truth to the claims). Many people realize the prevalence of racial discrimination and discrimination on the basis of a worker's gender, but some forget that there are many other ways in which workers are discriminated against. For example, an employee may experience discrimination due to his or her age.
Age discrimination cases may be the result of a disgruntled employee blaming their recent dismissal on their older age. Or, someone who never even worked for the company may accuse the business of age discrimination. For example, someone may say that they were turned down for a job opening solely because of their age. It is important to be aware of the different reasons why age discrimination cases (and other lawsuits involving discrimination) can surface, and do what you can to protect the interests of your business in the event that such an incident takes place.
Unfortunately, litigation over discrimination has led to all sorts of challenges for businesses of all sizes. It is crucial to handle a lawsuit over discrimination appropriately and be fully aware of all the legal options that you have. You may have a variety of legal options on the table.