There are many legal threats that a company faces. They can be the target of intellectual property litigation, may it be a legitimate claim or a claim made by a "patent troll." They can accused of product liability by consumers for a defective product or an improperly functioning one. They can be the subject of contract dispute litigation with a business partner. And, of course, they can be targeted in a lawsuit by their own employees.
In some cases, the employee makes valid claims that not only lead to financial compensation and/or other legal remedies, but also lead to a tarnished reputation for the company. This why it is imperative for companies to have proper protocols for how to treat employees and how fellow employees (especially supervisors or higher-level employees) treat their co-workers.
There are many different reasons that an employee may file a lawsuit against the company that employs them, such as:
- Discrimination based on religion, gender, race, age, disability or a bevy of other factors
- Sexual assault or sexual harassment
- Hostile workplace or wage and hour allegations
- A failure to accommodate someone under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or a failure to comply with the Family Medical Leave Act
- A violation of a non-disclosure agreement or other contractual terms
- Claims of wrongful termination or retaliation
In any of these cases, the company being accused of wrongdoing needs to defend itself against the allegations. At Lindhorst & Dreidame, we are passionate about defending businesses that face serious allegations from their own employees.