With the Trump administration’s double blow to LGBT employee rights in and out of government, and with sexual harassment charges galloping through the tech industry, a new set of data from legal analytics firm Lex Machina offers a broader perspective on employee lawsuits. Despite the recent attention on Silicon Valley, no tech firms rank among the most-sued companies, according to their data on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits filed from January 2009 to July 2017.
Many of the most-sued firms for the time period are mega-corp household names, including AT&T, Bank of America, CVS, FedEx, Home Depot, United Airlines, Walmart, and Walgreens. The most-sued government bodies include the U.S. Postal Service and the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The data indicates that only a small fraction of claims by employees end up in court, and an even tinier fraction—just 1% of the total initial claims—result in success for the plaintiff at trial. Most cases are settled out of court.
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