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In my nearly 30 years representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law, employment claims against companies have increased significantly. Close to 100,000 new charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year 2012, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Every year, the U.S. Congress and state legislatures enact employment laws placing new obligations and restrictions on businesses; these enactments, in turn, create new ways for companies to find themselves confronting charges of wrongdoing before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.
Here are 10 strategies that many large employers have found helpful in reducing their exposure to employment claims:
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