The workplace ought to be a safe place for everybody, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Harassment, prejudice, and discrimination can take a negative toll on an employee’s physical-, mental- and financial health. Before these events occur, it is imporant to have epl insurance coverages in place. Let’s take a look at these workplace hazards and how they can affect employees.
Wrongful Disciplinary Action
Personal prejudices can lead managers to treat employees with disrespect. Name-calling, belittling, and stonewalling are unacceptable behaviors which can have lasting psychological consequences. An employee who experiences these actions may find it difficult to show up or stay at work or concentrate on tasks at hand. As a result, an employee may face additional wrongful disciplinary action, which perpetuates the cycle. Protecting your employees from abusive managers is the priority in this case, and the secondary action will likely be protecting yourself and your business from an ensuing lawsuit.
In previous eras, it was sometimes considered socially acceptable to refer to a woman with diminuitive terms such as “honey,” “doll,” or “sweetheart,” but those days are long gone. Calling somebody by a term of endearment in the workplace can make that employee feel small, objectified, and undervalued. As a result, the employee may experience psychological damage and, if the offense is painful enough, she may decide to quit in search of more favorable environments. When this happens, you as the business owner may be held liable for damages.
Providing a safe space for employees is not only the moral thing to do, but it is requisite for the success of both employee and employer alike.