What Can Lead To Employment Litigation

May 15, 2023 in Uncategorized | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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Employment litigation can arise from various issues related to the employer-employee relationship. These disputes can be costly, time-consuming, and damaging to both the employer’s reputation and the employee’s career. Understanding the common causes of employment litigation can help employers minimize the risk of legal disputes and create a more harmonious work environment. There are several factors that can lead to employment litigation, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures to address potential issues and maintain compliance with employment laws. Speak with an employment litigation lawyer, like one with Eric Siegel Law, to learn more today.

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination and harassment based on protected characteristics such as race, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are leading causes of employment litigation. Employers must ensure that they maintain a workplace free from discriminatory practices and harassment by:

  • Implementing clear anti-discrimination and harassment policies.

  • Providing regular training on diversity and inclusion.

  • Encouraging employees to report any incidents of discrimination or harassment.

  • Taking prompt and appropriate action to investigate and address any complaints.

If you are experiencing discrimination and harassment in the workplace, report it immediately so that it is on record for future litigation if necessary.

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination claims can arise when employees believe they have been fired for unlawful reasons, such as in violation of anti-discrimination laws, retaliation for engaging in protected activities, or breach of an employment contract. Employers can minimize the risk of wrongful termination claims by:

  • Developing and implementing clear termination policies and procedures.

  • Ensuring that all termination decisions are based on legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons.

  • Documenting the reasons for termination and the steps taken to address performance or conduct issues.

  • Providing employees with an opportunity to respond to allegations or concerns before making a final decision.

Employers should be very clear about why they are terminating an employee.

Wage and Hour Disputes

Employment litigation can also stem from disputes over wages and hours, such as claims for unpaid overtime, minimum wage violations, or misclassification of employees as exempt from overtime requirements. To prevent wage and hour disputes, employers should:

  • Familiarize themselves with federal, state, and local wage and hour laws.

  • Ensure that employees are properly classified as exempt or non-exempt, based on the duties they perform and their level of compensation.

  • Maintain accurate records of hours worked, wages paid, and any deductions or adjustments.

  • Conduct regular audits to identify and correct any wage and hour compliance issues.

If an employee expresses concerns about wages, always address them and document the entire process.

Breach of Contract

Employment contracts, whether written or implied, can be a source of litigation if either party believes the other has breached the terms of the agreement. Common breach of contract claims involve disputes over compensation, job duties, or non-compete clauses. Employers can minimize the risk of contract disputes by:

  • Ensuring that employment contracts are clear, comprehensive, and legally enforceable.

  • Regularly reviewing and updating employment agreements to ensure they reflect the current terms and conditions of employment.

  • Addressing any potential contract disputes promptly and in good faith, through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution methods.

Also, use a legal professional to draft and amend all contracts.


Retaliation claims arise when employees believe they have been subjected to adverse employment actions, such as termination, demotion, or harassment, for engaging in protected activities, such as reporting discrimination, filing a wage and hour complaint, or participating in a workplace investigation. To prevent retaliation claims, employers should:

  • Implement a clear anti-retaliation policy that encourages employees to report potential violations of employment laws without fear of reprisal.

  • Train managers and supervisors on the importance of avoiding retaliatory actions and fostering a culture of compliance.

  • Monitor employment decisions to ensure that they are based on legitimate, non-retaliatory reasons, and are consistent with company policies and procedures.

If you have experienced harassment and are in fear of retaliation from your employer, contact a lawyer for help.

Employment litigation can arise from a variety of issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, breach of contract, and retaliation. If you experience any of these issues, contact a lawyer near you for help.

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