A Rising Trend
Allegations of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination in veterinary practices

"But my staff is like family..."  

It's a phrase we hear all the time. But with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp and an increased focus on racial and social injustices helping fuel an explosion of harassment and discrimination claims across all industries, veterinary practices are not protected simply by fostering a close-knit work environment.

It's why the AVMA Trust has published these essential resources to help train your staff and protect you and your practice from employment practices claims.

A Practice Manager's Playbook:
Protecting the Practice from Claims of Discrimination, Harassment, and Wrongful Termination

Businesses across the country are facing a rapidly growing number of employment practices claims. Veterinary practices have not been spared, with clinics in some states incurring losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars.    

All it takes is an accusation! Team members and even vendors such as delivery drivers and repair persons can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in minutes, even if the accusation is frivolous. 

In this new playbook for practice owners and managers, the AVMA Trust  along with our partners at HUB International, CNA Insurance, and Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLC analyze four real-world closed claims from veterinary practices to educate members on how to establish policies, procedures, and cultures that mitigate the likelihood of these devastating claims.

 Safeguard Your Practice with Employment Practices Liability Coverage

Would you practice veterinary medicine without malpractice coverage? Would you operate your practice without general liability insurance? Or without a workers' compensation policy? Of course not. But too often veterinary practices are missing an as-important protection: employment practices liability (EPL) insurance. This coverage responds to allegations such as wrongful termination, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment, including allegations from third parties.

While most insurers offer EPL insurance, the AVMA Trust offers some unique features tailored to the veterinary profession:

Third-party Wrongful Act Coverage

Protects against claims brought by non-employees alleging harassment or discrimination

Human Resource Training

Robust human resource trainings and access to Beyond HR, an online training platform

Wage & Hour Coverage

Helps with defense costs incurred on claims alleging violations of wage and hour laws

Workplace Violence Coverage

Helps with expenses incurred in response to an incident involving the use of a weapon or involving the threat of deadly force via the display of a lethal weapon in the workplace

Complimentary Risk Control Resources

Beyond HR®

CNA—the AVMA Trust’s primary EPL carrier—helps veterinarians who secure Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance manage employment-related risks by providing complimentary risk control resources, including online training to assist in the prevention of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state fair employment practice agencies, courts, and certain state laws have emphasized that periodic training of this kind is essential.  

Beyond HR® also offers a variety of other features including: 

  • A searchable database of articles and checklists on important workplace topics
  • Refresher bulletins to support the online training modules
  • A model employment handbook, policies, and forms
  • Webinars on current employment issues
  • On-demand training and podcasts on various workplace topics such as disability accommodation, pregnancy discrimination, documentation of discipline and performance, and cyber crime

It's time to be sure you're protected.

Connect with the AVMA Trust to discover how Employment Practice Liability Insurance can protect your veterinary practice.

Contact the AVMA Trust

Address: PO Box 1629, Chicago, IL 60690-9850
Tel: 800-228-PLIT (7548)
Email: info@avmaplit.com

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