February 5, 2015
Quote of the Day:
“The sun don’t shine forever/But as long as its here than we might as shine together.” Puff Daddy, Song: “Victory” (1997); Album: No Way Out
New Trends in Employment Lawsuits
Each year the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) releases statistics about the kinds of cases filed the prior year. The EEOC just released their numbers for 2014.
Why does it Matter?
Employment lawyers like to analyze these numbers to see if they can find meaning. The statistics show that work place lawsuits are declining. In 2014, there were 5,000 fewer claims filed than in 2013. One employment attorney suspects that the drop in complaints was caused by the improved economy.
The EEOC statistics also show a slow rise in retaliation claims. In 1997, retaliation cases constituted 22.6% of all filings. In 2014, that number doubled and retaliation cases now make up 42.8% of all claims. It is hard to say why retaliation claims are increasing. It could be a recognition of the fact that retaliation cases are generally easier to win than employment discrimination cases and produce higher verdicts and settlements.
The File: If you are going to file an employment suit, your odds are better if you bring a retaliation claim.
New York City Law Firm Guilty of Sex Harassment
Why does it Matter?
This case has received massive media coverage because the allegations are something you would expect to see on “The Good Wife” or “Suits.” As on Television, an attorney apparently has too much to drink at a social gathering and tries to have sex with another lawyer in the office. But that’s TV – not real life. Apparently, one of the partners did not know the differnce between reality and television.
The jury rendered a mild verdict of $90,000. But it is not over yet. The jury also found that the law firm is liable for punitive damages in an amount to be determined later. In New York, puntive damages generally cannot exceed twice the amount of the verdict.
The File: This is really just a slap on the wrist for Faruqi & Faruqi.