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Independent contractors, misclassification and legal action

Business owners may encounter a number of hurdles in their daily operations and running a company of any size can be stressful, even when things are moving forward smoothly. However, unexpected problems can arise at any time, and they can be very tough for someone who runs a business. Sometimes, these hurdles may involve legal action, and a business owner may not be prepared for litigation or the potential consequences that could arise as a result of the lawsuit. In some instances, current and former staff members or contractors decide to file suit, such as a worker who claims that they were misclassified as an independent contractor.

Dealing with a lawsuit as an older business owner

Legal action can be challenging for any business owner, whether they have been successfully running a company for decades or they recently launched a small business. For some people, litigation can be particularly difficult to deal with, such as those who are facing other hardships in their personal and professional lives. From health issues to financial concerns, there are many other factors that may need to be taken into consideration when a lawsuit surfaces. Some older adults are dealing with these other difficulties and it is important to do everything you can to focus on your business’ interests if you are in this position.

What are the exceptions to at-will employment?

A scenario in which your employer simply walks up and fires you from your employment in Baton Rouge for no good reason is likely inconceivable to you. After all, you have to have done something to warrant being fired, right? Not necessarily. Like many states, Louisiana subscribes to the philosophy of "at-will" employment. Indeed, Title IX, Article 2747 of Louisiana's Civil Code states than an employer can dismiss you without giving any reason for doing so. 

Business litigation and the food industry

Business owners may face a multitude of challenges when they find themselves in the courtroom, and this is especially true for those in the food industry. If you run a restaurant, day-to-day operations may be challenging, and you may be in a particularly tough spot if a lawsuit surfaces. Whether you are taken to court by a competitor, one of your customers or someone who works (or used to work) for your restaurant, these lawsuits can be difficult to deal with and they may have a significant impact on the future of your establishment.

What are some common legal issues business owners should avoid?

Today’s world and Louisiana’s economy lends itself to the opportunity for many to start small businesses, both online and brick and mortar stores. As a small business grows, it is likely to face legal challenges that were not present in the beginning. You can head those off before they begin if you are prepared for them.

Handling false allegations of wrongful termination

Business owners face a myriad of challenges when it comes to the staff members they employ, especially when it becomes necessary to let a worker go. When workers are fired, they may accuse their employer of discriminating against them or firing them in an unlawful manner. Some may decide to file a complaint or even take their case to court, and business litigation can be a very difficult ordeal for any business owner. There may be much at stake if your company has been accused of wrongful termination, even if the accusations are baseless.

Terminating contracts "for convenience"

There is often added security when it comes to working with government partners in Baton Rouge. Yet that does not necessarily mean that your work with them is guaranteed. Due to their affiliations, they are often afforded special benefits. One of these is who they are allowed to treat their contractual agreements. Many of those that come to us Dale M. Maas, Attorney at Law find out too late just how much leeway government agencies are afforded in this area. 

Business formation and legal issues involving partners

Launching a business can be a stressful time in one's life, but it can also be an exciting step toward a very bright financial future. There are many different aspects of business formation to take into consideration, and the way in which these matters are handled can have a significant impact on how things play out in the months and years to come. Some people work with business partners, which can be very advantageous for a number of reasons. However, unexpected hurdles can also arise when business partners are involved, such as disagreements which lead to roadblocks and even legal action, in some cases.

When a competitor accuses your business of wrongdoing

Business law encompasses many legal issues, from those which involve staff members and the formation of a business to matters involving business activity in a particular state. However, those which involve competitors can be especially tough for different reasons, and in some cases a competitor may even decide to take legal action. If your business has been targeted by one of your competitors, it is important to understand all of your legal options and handle the case in the most sensible manner, since there may be much at stake. In some instances, these cases are based on exaggerated details or claims that have been completely fabricated.

Lawsuits targeting inexperienced business owners

Our law firm understands that some business lawsuits can be especially tough, such as those which target a new or inexperienced business owner. Perhaps you have recently launched a business and you are not familiar with certain legal obligations or you are unsure of how to handle a lawsuit. Sometimes, new business owners are especially likely to find themselves in this position, especially if they are not aware of the ins and outs of employment law. However, many have also been falsely accused of wrongdoing, and litigation can be stressful for any business owner (let alone one who has not been running a company for very long).

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