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How should a business handle a discrimination claim?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2022 | Business Litigation |

Business owners in Georgia need to manage all aspects of the company. This duty goes beyond running the day-to-day operations to ensure that the company is producing quality products and meeting the expectations of its clients and customers. This aspect may be what the business owners are good at and understands best, but there is more to running a business than just that.

Businesses usually need employees to make sure that the company is running smoothly and meeting its goals. The employees need to be paid for their work, but they have other rights than simply being paid for their work. They also cannot be discriminated against at work. This means that employers cannot discipline or make decisions that adversely affect employees based on their age, race, religion, sex, disability and other protected classes.

Steps to take after a discrimination claim

If employees feel like they were the victim of discrimination, business owners must know how to handle the complaints. When an employee makes a discrimination complaint the owners need to speak with the employee to determine why they believe there was discrimination.

After listening to the employees’ explanations next owners should meet with the managers or supervisors that took the actions against the employee. Ask the managers to explain why they made the decision and also explain how they have handled similar situations in the past with other employees.

After meeting with the managers look at the various company policies and also whether other employees in a similar situation have been treated similarly or differently. Once owners are able to analyze the entire situation, then they can make determinations about whether the action was discriminatory or not. If it was discriminatory, take appropriate disciplinary actions against the managers who made the decision.

Managing a business and its employees is not always an easy job. However, allegations of discrimination must be taken seriously and handled appropriately. Experienced attorneys understand what is considered discrimination and may be a useful resource.