Has your company laid off or fired anyone recently? Have you recently been sued for discrimination? According to numbers to be published by the EEOC, the odds are that if you haven’t been sued, you will be.
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In this economy, nearly every termination and lay-off should be considered high-risk. With little to lose, more and more employees are taking fliers on discrimination claims in hopes of scoring a settlement to help cushion the job loss blow.
Terminating or laying off an employee without getting employment counsel involved before the termination is asking for a lawsuit. Companies should be working with their attorneys to:
Vet group layoffs and individual terminations to confirm that the decisions are lawful and non-discriminatory.
Ensure that protected groups are not otherwise disproportionally represented in group layoffs.
Hedge their liability risks be offering severance packages in exchange for releases signed by departing employees.
We attorneys cannot offer a magic pill to immunize against lawsuits. What we can offer is proactive counseling so that you are best positioned to defend yourself when the lawsuit comes.
Presented by Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, with offices in Cleveland and Columbus.