Staying On The Right Side Of The Law

"See you in court!" It's a threat employees are more willing to make these days. Discrimination charges under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act have risen 51% since 1992, with religious bias and sexual harassment charges each up 22%. Recently, the University of Miami and the American Mediation Institute asked small-company executives what they're doing about it. Most aim to forestall suits by establishing clear guidelines and procedures (chart). Still, nearly half (48%) bought insurance to pay for such legal battles, just in case.

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