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Avoiding Employee Lawsuits - A Brief for Agency Principals

Lawsuits and EEOC complaints for sexual harassment, diversity-related employee discrimination and performance-based discipline discrimination are a major threat for insurance agencies according to legal experts....
February 22, 2006

Lawsuits and EEOC complaints for sexual harassment, diversity-related employee discrimination and performance-based discipline discrimination are a major threat for insurance agencies according to legal experts.  Compliance with the law is not an option for today's businesses.  It is imperative that your agency complies with all applicable regulations, not only to meet the definitions of the law but also to create a safe and healthy work environment for your work force.

Your risks for not addressing federal and state compliance requirements are very real, and the financial payouts can be high due to ever more liberal laws and court decisions.  EEOC complaints are free to file, and many attorneys will take bias lawsuits on a contingency basis.  Unfortunately the agency always pays - legal fees at the very least - even if found not in violation of the law.

PIA's online Professional Skills courses can provide preventative and legal defense steps to help your agency address federal and state compliance requirements.  These courses not only teach employees what is and is not permitted, but also provide a strong "standard of care" defense for your agency if a lawsuit or EEOC complaint is filed.

PIA's legal compliance courses are designed to be short and to the point, generally running only 60 minutes.  Also, "bundles" of courses can be purchased for your agency at lower per-course costs to help save money while ensuring your employees receive a regular program of high quality education that is tracked and maintained online for you by PIA.

Practice preventative medicine.  Protect your agency by providing your employees with the compliance training they need to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Get Started Now!

To see if your local PIA affiliate is participating in the PIA National online training program described here and to get started, visit the Professional Skills Courses section of PIA National's website today. Once there, choose your state and look for the Professional Skills/Human Resources courses.

To learn about other educational offerings available through your local PIA affiliate association, please visit their website.

The legal compliance courses provided by PIA address the needs of insurance agency employers as they work toward maintaining compliance with legal standards and mitigating business risks.  PIA also recommends that all employers consult with qualified legal counsel in their business areas to determine additional action that may be required to fully address federal and state compliance requirements.

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