Here’s why being an employer in California demands extra vigilance:
- The cost of defending a labor lawsuit can readily exhaust a million dollars (excluding judgments).
- Thus, even the “successful” defense of such an action cannot be viewed as a victory, or a solution.
- California laws make it extremely easy for employees to sue an employer.
- California laws make it easy for employees to win, and force the employer to pay for their attorneys… unless you are prepared.
Here’s how you prepare:
- Create an employee handbook that includes all available legal protections permitted by law; many companies settle for documents available on the internet. This is an often fatal “penny-wise, pound-foolish” mistake.
- Make sure your handbook is regularly updated, so its protective qualities are not diluted by frequent changes in law.
- If employees complain about working conditions, or if you are thinking about firing an employee, call me immediately, to be certain that you assess the legal risks unique to the particular circumstances, and take appropriate precautions.
- With these measures alone you’ll discourage at least 80% of even the most aggressive plaintiffs’ lawyers.
- For the remaining 20% you’ll need to up your game significantly. Take advantage of my introductory offer to be sure you’re fully protected.
While I can’t guarantee that you’ll never be sued when represented by my office, I can tell you this: of the hundreds of employers I have represented and advised, not one has ever been taken to court for any labor-related claim with these precautions in place. . and I’ve been practicing labor law since 1981. I have a superlative record. If you want that kind of experience on your side, give me a call. I’d be happy to help.