Many clients come to us here at the Aldrich Law Firm LTD with disputes that involve their employees. Employment law litigation can be costly and time-consuming for any Las Vegas business. According to Smart Business, companies find themselves facing more than 100,000 claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation and sexual harassment each year. Furthermore, the number of claims filed are rising.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can protect your business against an employment practice claim. For example, you can make sure that your employees are properly trained on what sexual harassment and forms of discrimination constitutes. This may include the following:
- Sexual oriented jokes
- Inappropriate touching
- Offensive remarks about a person’s religion
- Verbal threats against an employee
- Requesting sexual favors in return for a certain shift, promotion or job assignment
The training should be held as often as needed and the materials should be updated to include new policies such as gender discrimination and sexual preferences. Managers should be trained on how to identify potential problems and the proper way in which they should be handled. You should also make sure that your company has a written policy on how complaints from employees are to be handled and that these policies are in accordance with federal regulations.
To protect your company against claims of retaliation or wrongful termination, you should consider holding periodic reviews of each employee’s performance. While Nevada is considered an at-will state, having records of problems with the employee can provide you protection in the event the employee tries to file a claim against you. Additionally, having written policy on how the discipline and termination of employees can also give you a stronger defense. For more information on employer-employee disputes, please visit our page.