Privately initiated discrimination lawsuits are not uncommon in the United States, and while they were down year-over-year, the number of filings in 2013 was still significant and costly for businesses. According to Seyferth Shaw LLP’s 2014 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report there were 12,311 discrimination class action lawsuits filed in 2013, dipping from 14,260 in 2012. As a result of the astronomical costs and potential bad press associated with litigation, many of these cases were settled out of court. And in 2013, the cost of the 10 most expensive settlements totaled over $638 million. With money like that on the line, the roster is a great indicator of what companies will want to ensure their policies prevent against. Let’s see how that breaks out.
1. $160 million – McReynolds, et al. v. Merrill Lynch & Co.
5. $6 million – Carr, et al. v. City Of Los Angeles
7. $3.7 million – Vasich, et al. v. City Of Chicago
9. $1.3 million – Monroe, et al. v. City Of New York