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How many sexual harassment charges are filed per year?

Business owners may be very stressed out when an employee (or a group of employees) file a complaint over employee rights violations such as denied breaks or denied overtime. However, allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment can be especially concerning and these are issues that have created many problems for workers and companies alike in Ohio. Sexual harassment allegations can damage a business' good name and they can also bring other consequences, such as financial penalties. Moreover, victims of sexual harassment may also experience a number of setbacks, which highlights the importance of preventing unlawful behavior in the workplace.

When an employee takes legal action

We have covered some of the different reasons why business owners find themselves in court, from contract disputes to deceptive trade practices. However, there are many more reasons why you may find yourself in the courtroom. For example, a current or former employee may decide to file a lawsuit, claiming that the company they work for or used to be employed by is responsible for their suffering. From a slip-and-fall accident to allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment, there are many different allegations that can result in litigation. Moreover, the outcome of these cases can be incredibly damaging for businesses of all sizes, not only in terms of financial penalties but reputation and future business as well.

Litigation as a construction company owner

Lawsuits can create challenges for business owners in all industries, but litigation can be an especially tough blow to construction company owners. If you run a large construction company or a relatively small business, litigation may arise for any number of reasons. However, if the lawsuit is not handled correctly, it can be very damaging to your pocketbook and your business' reputation. Unfortunately, some construction company owners have been pushed out of business altogether because of the consequences of a lawsuit, which underlines how vital it is to understand all of your legal options in this position.

When is it illegal to know trade secrets?

You guard the secrets of your Ohio-based business fiercely, and those secrets are instrumental in the viability and profitability of your enterprise. So when someone gains access to your trade secrets, they could stand to profit off the time and labor you put into acquiring that knowledge and perfecting your strategy. That person may be a rival or an employee. But is it illegal for anyone to simply know information about your business?

How does use tax protect against unfair competition?

As a business owner, you may be familiar with both unfair competition and with use tax; unfair competition is when another business uses unscrupulous means to infringe on your business or otherwise gain an advantage, while use tax is an equivalent to sales tax to ensure used or stored items that were not taxed under Ohio sales tax law but are not exempt are appropriately taxed. But how do the two tie in to each other?

What are deceptive trade practices?

As a business owner, one of your greatest fears can be a consumer lawsuit. By taking precautions and ensuring you adhere to the letter of the law, you can avoid a number of lawsuits for defective products, unfair trade practices, false advertising and more. Yet the slightest slip in how you represent your business and your products to Ohio consumers can lead to a suit for deceptive trade practices. So just what are deceptive trade practices, and how can you avoid falling foul of them?

What is breach of fiduciary duty?

If you and your Ohio-based business have entered into a partnership, joint venture or agreement with another business only for that business to fail to uphold their ethical responsibility to you as the beneficiary of the agreement, this may constitute a breach of fiduciary duty. But what exactly is a breach of fiduciary duty, and how does it involve you?

Dealing with a confidentiality agreement dispute

With business lawsuits, there are countless factors to consider and companies are taken to court for many reasons. However, it is essential to focus on details that are central to the success of your case and do what you can to protect the future of your business. At Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley, & Mathews, we know how important it is to prevent litigation from arising in the first place. Unfortunately, this cannot always be accomplished and some business owners find themselves in the courtroom over a confidentiality agreement dispute and many other types of disagreements.

Fraud and other facets of business litigation

As a business owner, you may run into a wide variety of problems, many of which have been covered on this blog. For example, you could find yourself involved in a contract dispute or you could be accused of wrongdoing by a customer. However, fraud is particularly concerning and these allegations are widespread and have affected many business owners. Whether your business has been accused of fraud or you have experienced significant losses as a result of fraud, our firm knows how crucial it is to address these matters promptly and effectively.

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