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How Can I Stop Worrying About Employee Discrimination Lawsuits?

by FrankCrum on March 10, 2016

 Employee_Discrimination_Lawsuits.jpgThe following is an excerpt from our latest guide, "A Business Owner's Guide to HR: Is There a Better Way?"

Advance preparation is always the best defense. Regardless of the type of discrimination claim, knowing the elements of claims and what can lead to them can go a long way toward preventing claims. Following are best practices:

  • Be aware of EEOC rulings related to hiring, particularly on the use of credit reports, credit history or criminal background, as well as types of screening and selection tools.
  • Post the corporate EEO statement, distribute the company’s written antidiscrimination policy and have employees and managers sign copies of these policies and procedures.
  • Institute anti-discrimination policies and procedures, including training, employee manuals, reporting and social media policies.
  • Develop and document corrective action processes that focus on resolving problems and establishing a successful relationship with employees, rather than creating an adversarial relationship.
  • Is it really employment “at will?” Although 49 states are considered “at will employment” states, it’s always prudent for employers to document the issues and have good business reasoning for termination.
  • Investigate and never retaliate. Often the “heat level” of a claim rises because the employer either did not take it seriously enough to investigate it or took retaliatory actions against the employee filing the complaint.

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FrankCrum is a professional employer organization (PEO), founded in 1981 dedicated to helping business owners boost HR capabilities and broaden convenient services and benefits to employees. The origin of FrankCrum dates back to 1981, when Frank W. Crum, Jr. and his father, Frank Crum, Sr., founded the Great American Temporary Service. With a passion for helping small business owners succeed, the company has evolved and grown over several decades.