Top Ten Reasons Why Public Employers Are Sued by Their Employees


Gregory Hearing


This session explores the most common reasons that public employees sue their employers. In particular, the presentation identifies public employer pitfalls and discusses steps employers may take to reduce the risk of employment related litigation. Public employers may then utilize this knowledge in practice to improve employee morale, increase management transparency, and enhance their professional relationships with employees, all of which play a role in reducing litigation. Public employers who implement the best practices discussed in this presentation may also increase employee productivity and efficiency as well.

Core Competency #1: PRMS - Public Risk Management Skills


Core Competency #2 PA/GBS – Public Administration/General Business Skills:

Business Law

Core Competency #3: CTIS – Critical Thinking & Interpersonal Skills:

Strategic Planning/ Management

Course Level


Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Identify the top ten reasons why public employees sue their employers.
Objective 2: Discuss why employees pursue litigation under such reasons.
Objective 3 Explain public employer best practices for identifying and avoiding employment situations which may give rise to such litigation.


Employee Benefits / Human Resources