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Rising Employment Charges

Employers have been hit with hundreds of thousands of employment practices charges over the past few years. Most are charges of discrimination, harassment or wrongful termination. Some are filed in connection with workers' compensation claims.

Charge activity 88,778 EPL charges filed with the EEOC in 2014
Record settlement amounts US $296.1 million in settlements in 2014
EEOC activity

EEOC has hired more than 300 staff as of the end of 2014

EEOC intends aggressive pursuit of enforcement actions

52 percent of employment charges are against small businesses

According to studies by Jury Verdict Research and others:

  • 75 percent are found to be meritless
  • 81 percent are resolved through mediation or administrative hearings
  • Defense costs typically run $22,400 to $50,200—staggering for many small businesses
  • Cases that go to court or settle pre-trial average far more

Employment Practices Liability: Modern trends  and risks

With employment practices liability claims on the rise, small businesses are at risk. HSB—SFM’s insuring
partner for EPL coverage—discusses emerging developments that employers should be aware of.

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