Discrimination, Harassment, Wrongful Termination… are you familiar with these terms? Are you prepared to get a letter from an employee – current or former – alleging your company did one of these things to them? Do you know how to protect your business against employment practices claims?
Most business owners are not prepared, particularly small business owners. But as it turns out, you are more likely to have an employment related lawsuit than a property claim. And 40% of these employment related lawsuits come from businesses with less than 100 employees. Simply put, every business with employees is vulnerable.
Employment related lawsuits are on the rise. Here’s a graph from the EEOC showing how claims have been trending up.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Here are two solid strategies:
You can also get EPLI to cover wrongful act claims brought by third parties.
And many of the insurance companies offer free resources to help you manage your risk, such as unlimited telephone access to loss control services, and sample employee handbooks.
Let me know if you have an interest in finding out more about EPLI. We have a variety of programs available and will be able to find the one that fits your needs.
I’m the commercial producer and owner at Gillespie Insurance Services.
Gillespie Insurance Services helps people and businesses in California, Arizona and Nevada.