Providing anti-discrimination training may seem like a huge undertaking to small employers with limited funds and manpower. Think about it this way, though: Either pay for training now, or potentially pay a heck of a lot more later when an employee sues your organization for discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation. Even if your organization emerges from court victorious, significant funds will have been spent in its defense.
However, the chance of winning in court is slim, according to Employment Practice Liability: Jury Award Trends and Statistics 2009 Edition, a report by Jury Verdict Research. In 2008, employers won only 39% of discrimination lawsuits. The report also found that the median award for discrimination verdicts rose from $208,000 in 2007 to $241,119.
In fiscal year 2009, the EEOC received 93,277 private sector charges of discrimination, the second highest level of receipts in the past 20 yea...(register to read more)