Though some breweries are proactive about seeking EPLI coverage, many do not consider it until they face allegations of unfair employment practices. (Credit: Master1305/Shutterstock)

As social media and craft brewing both mature, they are creating a high-octane concoction that highlights some less-than-savory employment experiences at a few breweries. Several discrimination allegations and lawsuits have made headlines recently, with social media playing a supporting role in publicizing them and damaging breweries' reputations. As this industry grows — and the #MeToo movement highlights allegations of discrimination and harassment across all industries — breweries will continue to grapple with these issues. That's where employment practices liability insurance comes in.

What's happening at breweries?

Last year, a Boston brewery was taken to task in an online forum for payment practices that many believed were unfair. Though no lawsuit was involved, the brewery eventually raised employees' hourly wages significantly after a barrage of criticism.

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