Monday, February 15, 2010

6 universal truths about avoiding retaliation liability

According to French philosopher Albert Camus, “Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.” In other words, it is human nature to retaliate, and if accused of wrongdoing, a natural response is to get even.

This month’s issue of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today contains my thoughts on what law firms can do to curb this natural instinct and limit potential liability for retaliation claims by employees. While the article’s intended audience is law firm partners and managers, its message is universal:

Retaliation claims are among the biggest risks facing employers in every industry…. It is the quickest way to turn to a defensible employment claim into a liability problem. It is incumbent upon everyone in your organization to take personal responsibility to suppress the natural urge to retaliate, and incumbent upon every firm to educate lawyers and staff about this critical responsibility.

For my 6 best-practices for avoiding retaliation within your organization, click over to Revenge Is a Dish Best Never Served to Employees: Avoiding Retaliation Liability.

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