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Why do employees sue businesses?

Texas business owners know that preparation is critical in the business world. And being prepared often involves evaluating potential risks, so business owners can create strategies to prevent or handle those risks.

One of those risks could involve legal issues brought by current or former employees. Here is an overview of some of the most common reasons that employees take legal action against businesses, so business owners can create plans to avoid those risks.

1. They protest their termination

Terminating an employee can be difficult for both the employer and the employee. It often leaves employees feeling upset, angry and even frightened about their future.

That is why it is easy for terminations to develop into disputes. Employees might claim that they were wrongfully terminated. Now, the situation must meet quite a few conditions for a wrongful termination claim. However, business owners must take care to review:

  • Their own employment policies
  • State and federal termination laws
  • Their rights as an employer
  • The employee's rights

Understanding how to best approach the termination is the best way to avoid litigation over terminating an employee.

2. They have an objection about their wage

Another one of the most common reasons that employees might take legal action is over their pay. 

Several state and federal laws cover wages that businesses should review to ensure that they pay their workers correctly and avoid employee wage and hour claims.

3. They claim harassment or discrimination in the workplace

Claims that businesses did not properly handle harassment and discrimination have quickly become one of the largest threats that businesses face. Movements like Times Up and Me Too have:

  • Led more employees to file harassment claims 
  • Significantly increased standards businesses must meet when investigating these claims

It is not always possible for businesses to avoid litigation. However, it is still critical for business owners to be aware of these risks. Understanding the reasons employees file lawsuits and preparing for them beforehand can give businesses a significant advantage if they face a legal dispute with an employee.

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