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Trending Now: Workplace Discrimination Cases Continue Rise, Monetary Awards Highest in EEOC History


In October, we wrote a blog about the rise of discrimination suits in the workplace. We gave a couple of examples of lawsuits that were filed recently, and suggestions on how to help prevent these types of suits. To keep you updated on how workplace discrimination suits are continuing their upward trend, look at recent figures released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

  • A record 99,947 discrimination charges were made in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the highest number in the EEOC’s 46-year history.
  • In fiscal 2010, the EEOC received 99,922 such charges.
  • Monetary benefits for victims of workplace discrimination totaled more than $364.6 million in fiscal 2011, which is also the highest in the EEOC’s history. That compares with $319 million in monetary benefits in the previous year.

The increase in suits is due to factors that include economic conditions; increased diversity and demographic shifts in the labor force; employees’ greater awareness of the law; and improvements in the EEOC’s intake practices, consumer services, and public accessibility.

With statistics like these, be sure your firm is carrying Employment Practices Liability insurance, which provides blanket coverage against claims by employees (present, former, or potential). This policy can cover you against discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, disciplinary issues, sexual harassment, failure to promote, mismanagement of benefit plans, and much more.

Axis provides businesses with affordable Employment Practices Liability policies. Just give us call at (877) 787-5258 to find out more information.

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Blogged on: December 13, 2011 by Mike Smith
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