Employment Related Lawsuits

Employment Related Lawsuits

Like its cousin the slip-and-fall, these claims can be a slippery slope for snow and ice management contractors.

September 22, 2017
Risk & Liability
Inappropriate and uncomfortable discussions at work could result in a large law suits against a snow and ice management company. We live in an ever-increasing sensitive society in which an employment-related law suit is likely to land at your feet. The type of claim we are discussing is not a slip and fall, however the responsibility to maintain a “safe work environment” is required of you.

As a business leader, you make important personnel decisions every day. From hiring new labors or managers to assigning winter duties, each of your decisions affects an employee in a unique way. Although these actions are critical to running your snow and ice management operation, they also create a potential issue if not handled appropriately.

These cases are on the rise. In fact, discrimination claims have increased significantly in the last 20 years. According to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), most claims are based on race, sex, age and disability. Many small businesses cannot afford to pay these costs and keep their company afloat.

Even if they are not warranted, an accusation for wrongful employment practices disrupts operations, damages your business’s reputation, hurts employee morale, and negatively impacts your bottom line. What’s worse, even if a business fosters a welcoming work environment and takes all the necessary precautions to safeguard its employees, it can still face an employment practices liability claim.