Involved in an EEOC Claim? Our Advice on First Steps

insurance for employersUntil you received a letter in the mail, you never thought it would happen to you.  An employee you recently fired is filing a lawsuit against you. You know that you fired the employee for valid reasons and that what the employee is claiming is not accurate. You may be tempted to write a heated letter in response. But we cannot emphasize enough the importance of taking a deep breath and choosing a different approach.

The EEOC is not out to get employers. The commission is out to get the truth. But if employers act out of impulse or do not handle the claim in the proper way, they could find themselves facing expensive litigation. When responding to an employment claim, certain steps must be taken.

First, gather all of your paperwork, including all policies and job descriptions and requirements. With the help of an attorney, formulate a response and have it verified for accuracy. Next, be prepared to wait as the EEOC investigates. Here’s what you don’t want to do when dealing with an employment claim with the EEOC, according to Employment & Labor Insider.

  • DO NOT seek revenge
  • DO NOT wait to respond to a claim
  • DO NOT evade communication
  • DO NOT underestimate the EEOC
  • DO NOT try to cover up a mistake
  • DO NOT claim job elimination to avoid liability
  • DO NOT try to handle the claim by yourself

The best way to avoid this situation in the first place is to stay up to date with EEOC compliance. Need help evaluating your workplace and reviewing policies to assess and reduce risks? Call us at Lamb Financial Group.


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