Costs of harassment lawsuits
The number of, and costs of, harassment lawsuits have increased significantly over the past several years. These lawsuits cause major financial risks for employers. There are many steps that can be taken to help prevent sexual and other kinds of harassment claims.
It’s important to understand the costs of harassment lawsuits. If an employer loses a lawsuit, it may be responsible for:
- Court costs
- Punitive damages
- Compensatory damages (pain and suffering)
- Lost wages and benefits (back pay)
- Reinstatement (front pay)
- Plaintiff’s attorney fees
- Expert witness fees
Costs of harassment lawsuits can easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. Employers must regularly take steps to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and educate employees on the importance of this issue. Any problems that arise of a sexual nature should be handled reasonably and efficiently.
Modern Business Associates is an HR company that focuses on payroll and HR outsourcing. We routinely work with clients prepare for and prevent harassment claims. As a Professional Payroll and HR outsource organization, our clients rely on us to help them effectively deal with these kinds of topics.
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