We can all stand to learn something from Bill O’Reilly. That is, the former Fox News host can teach compliance-minded organizations—including automotive dealerships—not necessarily through his words, but by his example.
O’Reilly’s very public termination from Fox last month demonstrates the severity and harm of workplace sexual harassment. Harassment not only comes at a steep cost for those who suffer it; it affects all workers through lowered morale, decreased productivity, increased rates of turnover, and reputational harm.
But harassment is far from the only workplace legal issue that impacts an organization’s bottom line. A lot can go wrong between employers and employees. A worker may get misclassified as an independent contractor and bring legal action against their employer for missing wages. A former employee might sue for wrongful termination after getting caught using marijuana in a state where the substance has been legalized.
These examples are not arbitrary: with harassment and Fair Labor Standards Act litigation on the rise—and as more and more states pass legislation legalizing cannabis—drug policy, sexual discrimination, and wage-and-hour claims are among the “trendiest” topics in labor and employment law.
Here’s what you need to know in order to avoid an O’Reilly situation—as well as other common employee lawsuits—at your dealership:
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This blog post should only serve as your introduction to these topics. Harassment, employee classification, and drug policy are costly, consequential legal matters that merit your unerring attention and dedication.
So make sure to join us next week! On May 17th, “Professor” Joe Aakre will show you how our automated compliance management system, Compligo, can keep you ahead of legal risks arising from employee lawsuits and workplace disputes.