Thousands of employment lawsuits are filed against businesses each year. These are lawsuits that may cover discrimination, harassment, wage and employment classification claims. You may have even heard of several high-profile employment lawsuits. For instance, Google was recently sued over allegations that it discriminated against older job applicants. Uber was sued by female employees who alleged they were paid less and given fewer benefits than male employees.
Employment lawsuits may not only be financially costly for your business, but they can also hurt its reputation. Press outlets may sometimes pick up stories of workplace discrimination because they make for attractive headlines. Lawsuits may allege that your business is guilty of sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation. Your business could also be accused of misclassifying workers as independent contractors. These are just a few examples.
Whether your business could face a lawsuit would depend on the circumstances and type of complaint. In some cases, the individual with a grievance against your business will file a complaint with a state or federal organization that handles these claims. Title VII or other discrimination complaints could be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development or US Department of Labor may become involved if your business is facing wage theft or employee classification complaints.
Do I Need a New Jersey Employment Litigation Attorney?
Never wait to hire an attorney if your business is facing any type of employment litigation. These are complex cases that require an attorney who has extensive knowledge of labor, employment and discrimination laws. You could mount a legal defense to protect your business and its reputation. The New Jersey employment litigation attorneys at Garland & Mason, L.L.C could help you determine the best available options to fight claims levied against your business.