Employees’ rights are often a central focus of discussion in the workplace. However, it is equally important to remember that employers have rights, too. Not every employee complaint gets resolved in a worker’s favor. California employers will want to be aware of certain issues that can easily create legal problems. Being aware of these issues can help employers protect their own interests.
Every worker is entitled to certain things, such as a safe working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Issues regarding such topics are often complex, however, and not every worker has an open-and-shut case. In fact, there are many instances where it is the employer who is determined to have been in the right.
Injuries, wrongful termination and prejudice in the workplace
An employer typically wants to avoid problems associated with these issues. For instance, a workplace accident might result in a worker being injured, which could result in workers’ compensation claims or even third-party claims. Even though California is a fire-at-will state, some incidents may still constitute wrongful termination, a topic all employers will want to be well-versed in so they can avoid trouble.
If a worker accuses a California employer of prejudice, bullying or other types of harassment on the job, the employer in question will want to gather as much evidence as possible to refute the allegations. Seeking legal counsel is the best way for an employer to make sure that he or she is aware of applicable laws that pertain to a particular case. It is also less stressful to navigate proceedings when an experienced attorney is on hand to act on an employer’s behalf.