Discriminatory Treatment

Sexual harassment is not the only type of discrimination you need to be concerned about.

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1991, employees who believe theywere victims of job discrimination due to race, religion, sex ordisability are entitled to a trial by jury.

While companies with fewer than 15 employees are exempt fromfederal discrimination laws, that doesn't mean they should notworry about this issue. Most states have civil rights legislationthat protects employees of small firms from discrimination. Thereis also the risk of lawsuits in a variety of forms. One attorneyestimates the average legal fees for defense in a sexual harassmentsuit, regardless of the verdict, are upwards of $75,000.

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