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What employers can do to avoid a discrimination suit

In the workplace, there are many things that employees may expect of their employers. Treating them with respect is at the top of this list, but also protecting them from harmful or uncomfortable situations are often seen as important duties as well. This being the case, when an employee doesn't feel safe in their work environment because they have been discriminated against, it can cause problems for their employer. However, as an employer, there are things you can do to prevent such incidents and hopefully avoid a lawsuit.

As an employer, you can do the following to avoid an employee filing a discrimination suit:

  • Create a friendly work environment.
  • Take complaints of discrimination seriously.
  • Establish anti-discrimination policies.
  • Consider awareness training for staff.

When an employer puts forth the effort to prevent discrimination in the workplace, they are doing the right thing. However, in some situations, they may not be able to stop employees from discriminating against others. Should this occur and someone files a discrimination claim, employers do have options as to how they can handle this and make sure the work environment is no longer hostile and that everyone is comfortable.

It is no secret to anyone that discrimination is illegal. Employers should always do what they can to make sure their employees feel safe when they are at work. If an employee files a discrimination claim, it doesn't mean that it is true, but it should be taken seriously. And despite the validity of their accusations, you have the option to hire an attorney who can assist you with your case.

Kisner Law Firm Celebrates Penguins Parade

We work hard here at Kisner Law Firm to provide quality employment, business and real estate legal services to our clients. When the occasion arises, we pause and take the opportunity to enjoy all that our beautiful city of Pittsburgh has to offer. Recently, we joined 400,000 other proud Penguin fans in welcoming home our 2016 Stanley Cup Champions! Thanks to some strategic negotiating -we excel at this in and out of court- we were able to get a front row view to all of the excitement. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorite photos. 

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Responding to defamation against your company

As much as your company strives to create a strong reputation for quality and works diligently to provide that through the products or services it offers, so much can stand in the way. Certainly, there are barriers and hazards in the most unexpected places and one of those is in what is being said by the employees.

This could be a source of nightmares for employers. You can interview and make every effort to find and hire the right people for the jobs, but the only true testament to their abilities is time and effort and the value added once the employee is placed. If that employee is not happy with the job, feels someone else was promoted before them, feels they were denied a raise they deserved or were terminated for any reason, they may engage in defamation online or through other mediums, in order to retaliate.

If you have an employer who is dragging your company through the mud by perpetuating untruths about the internal operations, management or trade secrets, you may have a need for a Pennsylvania-area attorney who knows how to take on employment law cases. Once damages are done, they are hard to reverse, especially in the era of social media. You need to contain the slander or libel quickly and effectively and make sure the real truth is presented and anything else is shut down and punished according to penalties set forth in defamation laws.

The Kisner Law Firm LLC, will advocate on your behalf because they know how important it is to shut down derogatory misinformation being fed to consumers about your business. A victory against such defamation is a testament to your company's fortitude in taking bad press and arguing it head on, not settling out of courts in an attempt to stifle rumors.

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