There are few things worse than facing a lawsuit of any kind as a business owner. Unfortunately, such a lawsuit can not only harm your reputation, but it can also cause your business to take a hefty financial hit. That said, there are certain measures any employer can put in place to help deter lawsuits regarding discrimination, harassment, and even unsafe work environments. Please continue reading and speak with a seasoned Los Angeles County, California employment attorney to learn more about how to avoid an unsafe work environment lawsuit and how we can help if you’re currently facing one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What steps should I take to prevent a potential unsafe work environment lawsuit?
The first thing you should understand is that in most cases, whistleblower lawsuits surrounding unsafe work environments are brought on the basis of OSHA violations. That said, you as an employer can take several steps to ensure your work environment is OSHA-compliant at all times. Some of the steps you can take to help avoid a whistleblower claim are as follows:
- Ensure every employee takes a safety course as part of their training
- Keep orderly and complete accident/injury reports
- Ensure employees understand all health and safety rules
- Conduct daily or otherwise regular safety inspections
- Maintain and service all equipment/tools used by employees regularly
- Hire a lawyer who can evaluate your work environment, ensure it is OSHA-compliant, and help you craft a lawful policy that helps prevent future lawsuits
What should I do if I’m currently facing a lawsuit?
The first thing any employer should do once they learn they’re facing a lawsuit/whistleblower claim is hire a seasoned attorney. Our Los Angeles employment defense firm has extensive experience representing employers who’ve been accused of violating OSHA standards, and we can help craft a defense that best protects your business from harm. In some cases, our firm can work to prove that the workplace condition in question didn’t actually pose a real threat to workers. In other cases, we can argue that the plaintiff’s accusations are outright false, in that you did everything in your power to remove all reasonable safety hazards or threats to your employees’ safety. Of course, the defense our legal team will use depends on the circumstances of the allegations made against you, but the sooner you speak with us, the sooner we can get working on your case.