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The Usual Types Of Workplace Lawsuits
One of the main and primary goals of many businesses and employers is to make sure that all their employees are happy with their work, the company in general, and that they are satisfied with their working conditions. Unfortunately, there are employers who wittingly or unwittingly do not do anything to achieve such goals. As such, their employees would resign and they would have a hard retaining their talents and even in looking for and hiring new ones. Problems with employee retention though can just be the tip of the iceberg; if an employer is not too careful and continues to be negligent or even abusive, he or she may face some cases.
A group of workers compensation lawyers Sydney locals trust and rely made a list of the most common types of workplace or employment-related lawsuits. Below is their list:
Salary payment issues. This often refers to an employer delaying the release of the salaries of their employees. Employees go about their daily work since they expect to get their main reward, their salaries, at the end of each month. However, there are some employers who for some reason or another would not release their pays at the designated date and time. The delay in the release of these salaries will take a few days and even sometimes, more than a week. Of course, the employee will be hard-hit by this circumstance since he or she totally relies on this salary for him or her and the family, if they have one, to survive for another month. A lawsuit can be filed if the employees still do not receive their salary or salaries.
Harassment. Harassments in the workplace are usually of sexual nature but violence and even bullying are now included under this. An employee who was on the receiving end of an inappropriate physical touch or contact or a verbal comment from a manager, supervisor or co-employee can file a lawsuit against his or her employer, especially if the employer was told of such situations and failed to do anything about it or chastise the person who harassed the employee.
Workplace injury. Employees can sue their employers if they got ill or injured in the workplace due to the negligence of the employers and were not given the just compensation. If an employer also questions the employee’s claim or objects to it, the employee can file a lawsuit.
Wrongful termination. If a worker is fired or laid off unlawfully, this refers to wrongful termination. Persons who file a wrongful termination lawsuit can collect compensation that includes lost wages and for other potential penal damages.