While you aren't obligated to get along with all your co-workers, lying or spreading rumors about someone at work is a very serious issue. That's why it can be so traumatizing when it happens to you, as your reputation may be tarnished by any untruths spoken about you. This is considered slander, and as the Houston Chronicle explains, there are certain steps you and others can take to deal with the issue.
Our blog has addressed a number of topics related to sexual harassment, a serious problem in workspaces across the country. The consequences of this behavior can be very damaging, not only for employees who are affected but for a company's bottom line and future growth as well. If you are a business owner, it is crucial to address sexual harassment immediately and appropriately. Moreover, it is also important to do what you can to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the first place. Sadly, some business owners have shown little regard for this serious issue.
From trade secrets to compensation, benefits and other issues, there are many important areas to cover in an employment agreement. Staff members may have a number of questions before signing a job contract, and some may not completely understand what the agreement fully entails before they sign. Unfortunately, contract disputes over an employment agreement are not uncommon, and they arise for many different reasons. If you run a business, these disagreements can be quite difficult to deal with, and in some instances an employee may even decide to take the matter to court.
When something goes wrong on the job, workers and their employers may have a number of concerns. From an employee’s standpoint, job-related injuries can lead to emotional distress, financial problems, physical pain and an inability to keep working. From an employer’s point of view, job-related accidents can result in the loss of talented staff members and may even lead to litigation. For small business owners, this can be an especially difficult predicament.
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.
The federal government has enacted antitrust laws in order to protect consumers in New York and across the country. You may be wondering how these laws affect your retail company, particularly in regard to price fixing. Here is what the Federal Trade Commission has to say about this illegal behavior.
We have written about some of the reasons why staff members take their employers to court, whether they believe that they have been illegally discriminated against or subjected to sexual harassment. Some employee lawsuits have nothing to do with discrimination or harassment, however, such as a lawsuit that is centered around wage and hour violations. These lawsuits may only involve an individual staff member or a group of employees may be taking legal action jointly. Either way, it is pivotal to take a close look at the case in order to devise a strategy for how you are going to handle this potentially challenging situation.
We have covered so many different reasons behind business lawsuits, but some owners may face challenges related to litigation before a suit has even been filed. If you have reason to believe that your company may be taken to court in the near future, it is crucial to start preparing at once. By taking the time to prepare for litigation, you may be able to reduce the chances of an unfavorable outcome. In fact, paying careful attention to the issue at hand may even result in the dismissal of legal action altogether.
Being taken to court as a business owner can be challenging for many reasons, and we have written about this extensively on our blog. However, it can be particularly hard for business owners under certain circumstances, such as personal health issues or marital problems. Moreover, certain times of year can make litigation particularly challenging, such as the holiday season. With Halloween coming up and a handful of holidays thereafter, it may be particularly important to focus on how you will handle litigation during the holiday season if you suspect that you will find yourself in the courtroom.
Any business owner may have a tough time when their company is taken to court, but this can be an especially unnerving experience for some, such as those who have kids. If your business is being sued for any reason, from product liability to issues involving your staff members, we completely understand how overwhelmed you may feel. Moreover, as a parent, you may be going through other challenges at this time (such as adjusting to a school schedule). However, you should not feel alone, as there are many other parents in New York who are facing similar challenges.