American Flag & GavelThe New Year is a great time for business owners to revisit their anti-discrimination policies. 2015 was a dynamic year, ushering in many new laws that may affect your anti-discrimination practices, so reexamining your current policies is a good thing to do.

In order to have an effective anti-discrimination policy, you should consider policies for both your employees and customers. Employees must be reminded on a regular basis about anti-discriminatory policies and practices that protect your organization.

Take Reasonable Care To Prevent And Address Discrimination Claims

Within the United States, Title VII prevents employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. One of the best ways to prevent employment discrimination is to train employees thoroughly on best practices in hiring so that they can be aware of and avoid discriminatory behavior.

Additionally, you should train employees on discrimination when it comes to your customers. Your customers are the cornerstone of your business, and as a result, each one deserves to be treated equally.

If you are presented with a discrimination complaint, it is your duty to address the issue as soon as possible. If you're taken to court, any delay with addressing the issue may make you financially liable.

Avoid Age Discrimination

Within the United States, we are experiencing a growing population of seniors. These days, many seniors choose not to retire at 65; instead, they remain in the workforce for years. As a result of more seniors in the workplace, many employees may not recognize what are acceptable and unacceptable behaviors when they are working with seniors. The following are some measures you can take to reduce the instance of age discrimination and other types of discrimination.
  • Hire a lawyer to advise you on creating new policies and procedures for your business.
  • Create a company culture centered on teamwork and unity.
  • Provide your employees with an anonymous means for reporting complaints.
  • Educate employees and managers on anti-discrimination policies and procedures.
  • Establish and publish disciplinary measures your business can take following discrimination complaints.
Although these measures won't address every instance of discrimination, they can significantly reduce the chances of your business fighting a discrimination case in court.

Purchase Business Insurance To Safeguard Your Business Revenues

In addition to taking preventive measures, your business can also mitigate financial risks by purchasing business insurance. Employment practices liability and umbrella insurance can help you protect your business. These policies may help you cover costs associated with discrimination cases.

Protect the wellbeing of your staff. Call Buschbach Insurance Agency at (708) 423-2350 for more information on Chicago IL business insurance.
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