Posted on July 29, 2013

Employee Legal Action on the Rise: Are You Prepared?

Did you know that employee lawsuits filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have increased by 32% in the last five years? In some states, the increase has been as drastic as 113, 131, even 264%.

Don’t think an EEOC lawsuit could be filed against your business? Here are a few examples of EEOC lawsuits that have taken place this year:

Disability discrimination: An Outback Steakhouse in Phoenix, AZ will pay $65,000 because an employee was terminated due to his disability, traumatic brain injury.

Religious discrimination: Voss Lighting in Tulsa, OK will pay $82,500 for refusing to hire a qualified applicant because his religious beliefs were not consistent with those of the management.

Pregnancy discrimination: University School of Milwaukee will pay $37,500 for terminating their arts and crafts coordinator after she became pregnant.

Even if the discrimination is not intentional, employees can still sue. The increase in employment discrimination cases over the last few years is proof that employees are more proactive than ever when it comes to pursuing legal action against their employers. How are you managing the risks associated with violating EEOC regulations?

Paycor has solutions to help you stay compliant and reduce your risk of a costly lawsuit:
* Human resource management application tracks changes to employee data fields while retaining previously recorded data, leaving a trail of records to back up your employment decisions should they come under fire.
* HR On Demand gives you access to an HR professional by phone or email to answer your specific questions, as often as you need to ask.
* HR Support Center, an affordable, online knowledgebase provides you with HR resources such as hiring and termination quick guides, best practice articles and law alerts.
* Applicant Tracking helps you stay EEO/OFCCP compliant by recording reasons for non-selection, keeping flow and hire/offer logs and managing minimum qualification questions.

To learn more about how these solutions can help you mitigate your risk of an employment discrimination lawsuit, contact us.

_Source: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission