Opening Statements

Employing the Law

If recent jury verdicts are any indi­cation, it is good to be a plaintiffs employment discrimination lawyer these days—at least if the case gets to trial:

• In 2007, the median discrimina­tion verdict rose some 70 percent to $252,000 from $147,000 in 2006.

• Employers won only 38 percent of discrimination cases in 2007, prevailing most often in race discrimination cases (43 percent) and losing most frequently in sex discrimination cases (30 percent).

• Employers in the manufacturing and industrial sectors had the biggest verdicts, followed by the government, transportation and service sectors.

Source: Employment Practice Liability: Jury Award Trends and Statistics, 2008 report by Jury Verdict Research.

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