It is important to carefully approach and work through any business lawsuit, but litigation that arises due to discrimination requires special attention. Aside from the sensitive nature of these cases, the outcome of a discrimination suit could have a significant impact on your business.
Employment discrimination cases can occur for different reasons, whether a current staff member accuses your firm of age discrimination or a former employee files suit over alleged discrimination due to their sex or racial background. Unfortunately, some business owners head to court over false allegations.
Data uncovers the prevalence of discrimination allegations
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that in fiscal year 2021, they received over 22,800 disability discrimination complaints and more than 20,900 charge filings over allegations of racial discrimination. Accusations involving sex discrimination accounted for more than 18,700 charge filings, and over 12,900 involved age discrimination. These filings do not involve charges filed at the local or state level.
The aftermath of a lawsuit involving discrimination
If you cannot secure a favorable outcome, a discrimination case could affect your company in various ways. In addition to court-imposed penalties, which can have a serious financial impact, an unfavorable outcome could inspire other staff members to take action. Furthermore, this could shatter your firm’s reputation, resulting in severed partnerships and the loss of valued customers and clients.
Every discrimination case is different, and you need to examine the individual aspects of a case. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your options and strategies to protect your firm in the wake of litigation that occurs due to alleged discrimination.