What Is Employment Practices Liability
One of the newer forms of liability coverage for businesses—employment
practices liability coverage—is designed to protect you as an employer from
the potential liability that comes along with having employees and following
all of the appropriate laws in relation to them.
You do your best to hire fairly and treat your employees appropriately, but
that doesn’t mean you will never encounter a situation where you or your
company are accused of doing the opposite. Unfortunately, suing an
employer for discrimination based on age, race, gender, or several other
protected factors is not uncommon these days. Being faced with such a
lawsuit can do serious damage to your company financially, even if you win
Employment practices liability insurance can protect you from this sort of
lawsuit and the financial fallout, but that is not all. It can also protect you in
the case of sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits, as well as a
host of other possible situations that can arise when an employee feels
These lawsuits have become so common that employment practices liability
coverage has become a must for anyone with employees. In many cases,
you will be required to carry it by your directors and investors, because they
too can be held accountable in the case of a lawsuit. This coverage will
protect not only you, but all of the people in your company who might
become the target of a lawsuit. This includes your directors and managers—
everyone who is in a position of authority and might be involved in
accusations of unfair employment practices.
From the moment you start to interview a potential employee right through
their termination process, whatever their reasons for leaving, you are
vulnerable to a potential lawsuit. There is no reason to risk having your
business destroyed or damaged in a serious way because of a
misunderstanding or an employee who isn’t happy about their termination.
Remember that there does not need to be any real grounds for the suit; all it
takes is to have to fight an expensive battle in court to leave your company
struggling, especially if you are a startup. Every company, new or old, needs
to be protected. Carrying the right liability coverage is an absolute must for
all companies from the moment they start to think about hiring.
If you are not certain that you have employment practices liability coverage,
take the time to go over it with your insurance agent. If you know you don’t,
call your agent and protect your company right away.