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Assessing Your People-Related Legal and Financial Risks

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Here's a chance to estimate your organization's legal and financial risk on the people side of the business.

Employees are your company's greatest asset and typically also its greatest cost.  Technological advances and demographic changes in the workforce have transformed the employment law landscape. Therefore, on the cost side, it’s possible your risk is greater than you might have guessed. Have you been keeping up with legal rulings?   

  • A teacher with seasonal affective disorder, whose request to work in a room with windows was denied, was awarded $2 million by a jury for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violation.  (Decision.
  • An employee with depression requested a flexible work schedule as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. After the trial court affirmed the employer’s denial of her request, the appeals court reversed, citing “technological advances and the evolving nature of the workplace” that have “contributed to the facilitative options available to employers” under the ADA. (Decision.)  
  • A hospital that ignored ongoing harassment of a female neurosurgeon, and discouraged her from filing a formal complaint, was found liable for $1.6 million in damages and $1.3 million in attorney fees. (Decision.)
  • A jury awarded an adoptive father $666,610 in damages plus $375,000 in attorney fees for violating the Family Medical Leave Act when it fired him after taking two-week intermittent leaves in the adoption process. (Decision.)

What about your organization?

Click the "Next" button below to go to the self-assessment to get additional preliminary information on your company's risk.  It should take you 2 minutes or less to complete.

At the end, we will provide you with a quick summary assessment of your risk.  Please note: the quick assessment results do NOT constitute legal or financial advice.