Getting slammed with a discrimination judgment is bad. And the worst are age discrimination cases. Reason: A new study from Jury Verdict Research shows that the median jury award in age-bias lawsuits is $268,926, far and away the costliest type of discrimination judgment against employers.
One reason for the higher awards, say employment attorneys: Age-bias cases increasingly involve highly paid white-collar workers.
The study says the national jury award median for all types of employment-practice liability cases (including discrimination and retaliation claims) jumped 44 percent in one year, from $151,000 in 1999 to $218,000 in 2000.
To see a summary of the study, Employment Practice Liability: Jury Award Trends and Statistics, 2001 Edition, visit www.juryverdictresearch.com and click on Press Room.