Workplace Investigations

As a business owner, you have plenty to worry about — and that’s if everything runs smoothly. Obstacles like workplace investigations can halt your production, demolish your budget, and lead you to lose customers.

Employee Discrimination Statistics

Workplace investigations can involve a number of issues, including employee discrimination or harassment, fraud, and theft. Employee discrimination is one of the most common, as employees can file lawsuits against their employers for discriminating based on sex or race, and they can also file lawsuits based on retaliation, which occurs when an employer fires an employee for complaining to them about discrimination.

In 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that retaliation was the most commonly filed claim for the 2012 fiscal year. Among this fact, they released many other statistics about employee discrimination, including:

  • In the 2012 fiscal year, there were 37,836 retaliation claims, 33,512 racial discrimination claims, and 30,356 sexual discrimination claims.
  • Retaliation claims accounted for 38.1% of all charges in 2012 and has been a top concern for employers since 2010.
  • The EEOC recovered the most money ($365.4 million) from the private sector and state and local government employers.
  • The EEOC mediation and conciliation program resolved 254 lawsuits in 2012.

The EEOC concluded their report emphasizing the importance of zero tolerance policies. If even small cases of discrimination are tolerated in the workplace, employees have enough fuel to file a claim.

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Your Best Defense is a Proactive Approach

In many employee discrimination cases, the employee claims that they tried to voice their frustrations to their employers multiple times before filing the lawsuit. What may seem like a small matter to your business can be a huge one to your employees, and the worst thing you can do is to look the other way when employees voice their concerns. Consider the following statistics on employee discrimination, courtesy of HR Acuity:

  • Only 12% of U.S. employers act to eliminate workplace bullying.
  • 25% of workplace bullying cases are not investigated.
  • 48% of American adults report experiencing abuse behavior at work.
  • 1 in 4 women are sexually harassed at work.
  • Nearly 60% of human resource managers have seen violent incidents as a result of workplace conflicts.
  • 84% of senior business executives see favoritism in their companies.

If you think that your business is completely free of employee discrimination, it may be worth your time and effort to investigate further — before a current or former employee brings a legal investigation into your business.

Employee discrimination is just one of many factors that can lead to a thorough investigation of your workplace. Don’t wait until you have a lawsuit on your hands to make sure your business is protected. Contact an experienced attorney today to prevent cases before they become lawsuits that threaten the livelihood of your business.

Workplace Investigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Natalie R. Lynch is committed to helping owners of private companies, including startups and small to mid-sized companies, navigate the lifecycle of change. She helps business owners create the right structures, contracts, and employment agreements to minimize business and employment risk factors. From entity formation to small business growth to expansion into the middle market, Natalie can help your business flourish. Contact Lynch Law Firm today.