Legal issues can be devastating for a business if you are unprepared to deal with them. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners assume that they will not find themselves in legal trouble because they are not deliberately breaking the law. However, there are a lot of different reasons why consumers or even your own employees might decide to take legal action against you. It’s important that you are aware of these situations so you are ready to deal with them if they do arise. These are some of the most common reasons why your business could be sued.
Health and safety regulations are there for a reason and if you ignore them, you are likely to end up in legal trouble. If an employee is injured because you didn’t take the necessary steps to keep them safe in the workplace, they will make a claim against you. If you want to avoid this situation, it is important that you know the law. You need to understand the puwer regulations (provision and use of work equipment regulations), which govern health and safety when using any equipment or machinery in the business. You also need to make sure that the building itself is up to code and you have a fire evacuation system in place. Accidents happen sometimes, but as long as you are always meeting your responsibilities as an employer, you are protected.
When you come up with a great name for your new business or a winning idea for a new product, it’s so important that you check that it has not already been copyrighted before. If you start operating under a name that is already taken or you recreate a product that has been patented, you are likely to get sued. Even if products are different, there may still be parts that are patented and so you could still be breaking copyright law. Always double check before launching any new products and seek the advice of a legal professional if you are unsure.
All of your employees have the right to protection from discrimination and it’s up to you to make sure that there is a system in place for dealing with workplace discrimination. If an employee feels that you are discriminating against them or you are not meeting your responsibilities in dealing with discrimination, they may decide to sue you. It’s important that you take any reports of discrimination seriously and you deal with them right away. It is also important that you accommodate any employees with disabilities and avoid ableism in the workplace, which can be difficult because many able bodied people do not realize that they are discriminating against a person. In some cases, people offer help without being asked and that can be patronizing. A lack of disabled access will also be seen as discriminatory. If you are concerned about lawsuits, you need to take a look at your HR policies.
These are the most common reasons why your business may get sued, but as long as you are aware of the potential dangers, you can avoid any legal issues.