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Judges’ race and gender may affect bias rulings

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Here’s something to consider if you’re pondering a pretrial settlement: A judge’s race and gender can make a huge difference in the outcome of cases they hear, say two studies featured at a recent American Bar Association conference.

One study said employees lost their race harassment lawsuits just 54% of the time when an African-American judge handled the case. But employee loss rates were much higher with cases handled by white judges (79%), Hispanic judges (81%) and Asian-American judges (67%).

The other study said employees were twice as likely to win sexual harassment cases if a female judge was part of an appellate panel.

Read the full story at www.theHRSpecialist.com/blindjustice.

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