Family Responsibilities Discrimination: Litigation Update 2010

Source: Cynthia Thomas Calvert, The Center for WorkLife Law, 2010

This report provides data for employers, employees, their lawyers, and policymakers about current trends in family responsibilities discrimination litigation.

Highlights include:
• Lawsuits fled by employees with family caregiving obligations have increased almost 400% in the past decade, a time during which the overall number of employment discrimination cases filed decreased.
• Employees prevail in almost half of the cases, far more frequently than in other types of employment cases.
• Verdicts and settlements in family responsibilities discrimination cases average over $500,000.
• Cases have arisen in every state, in every industry, and at every level in organizations.
• Employers of all sizes have been sued, from small start-up companies to large multi-national corporations.

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