What are the odds if a business gets sued by an employee?
Employment Practices Liability Claims: Did you know…
If an employer is sued by an employee there is a 63% chance that the employee will win
The number increases to 67% if the suit is brought in federal court
The number increases to 66% if sex discrimination is alleged
The average verdict in an employment suit is $603,376
The number rises to $808,337 if the suit is brought in state court
For discrimination claims the average verdict is $656,072, and that number increases to $1,016,566 if the suit is brought in state court
For whistle blower claims the average verdict is $616,039
There is a 33% chance of a verdict of $500,000 or more
There is a 55% chance of a verdict of $250,000 or more
Consider that these figures do not include defense costs. The case for purchasing an EPL policy and following best practices is easily justified.
All statistics are from Jury Verdict Research, 2006 edition.