Some employees end up suing their employers without an attorney’s help. That doesn’t mean you should follow suit and treat the case lightly. While it may seem like a slam-dunk case, chances are the court will give the employee several chances to present his best argument.
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Just because an employee is doing a lousy job doesn’t mean she isn’t also being sexually harassed. Ignoring her complaints and focusing strictly on her performance may backfire if you terminate her. A jury may decide that harassment affected her performance or that, even if you fired her for legitimate reasons, she deserves compensation for the harassment she endured.
Now is a good time to make sure your employees are being properly reimbursed for expenses they incur while performing their jobs. The problem: If they aren’t reimbursed for those expenses, their pay may fall below minimum wage. And if that’s the case, they can quit and sue, alleging constructive discharge.