Human Capital -The Bottom Line
As your business’s biggest asset and greatest expense, your workforce has to be well managed. Whether your HR department needs additional support or a second opinion, the services of a Lyons HCM professional will help you manage employment issues before they become costly legal problems.
An age discrimination lawsuit was brought by a highly paid 62-year-old sales representative who was employed by the Insured. He was terminated for not meeting his sales quotas. Despite layoffs and cutbacks at the company, there was no documentation that showed the plaintiff was a poor performer. A settlement of $540,000 was reached.
Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination:
Several female employees at a company complained that the CEO was sexually harassing them. As required by law, the President proceeded to investigate the complaints. Within one month of the start of the investigation and without apparent backing of the board of directors, the President was terminated by the CEO under the pretext
of performance issues. This was despite the fact that he was given a raise a few months earlier. The President filed a separate wrongful termination suit due to the conflict between the Board of Directors and the CEO. The settlement and defense cost exceeded the policy’s Limit
The Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer was terminated for divulging confidential information to staff regarding impending company layoffs. A suit was brought by the assistant for retaliation and sexual harassment as she claimed the CFO always made suggestive comments and improperly touched her. Defending the CFO cost over $150,000.
An employee went out on medical leave for treatment of an illness. When he was ready to return to work the Insured told him his position had been filled by someone else and his job was no longer available. He filed suit for lost wages, emotional distress, and violation of disability discrimination statutes. The defense cost and settlement
was greater than $100,000.