Top Trends in Employment Practices Liability Claims

Insurance Journal | by Denise Johnson | January 12, 2015


Unpaid internships, illegal background checks, pregnancy and health-related employment discrimination continue to be the top trending employment practices litigation cases, according to industry experts.

Claims costs are rising, in part due to the length of time it takes to resolve an EPLI claim. According to an Advisen white paper released recently, defense costs can top out at $300,000 and the timeline for resolution can be anywhere from 18 to 24 months. The paper reported that multiple claimant disputes are on the rise. Federal, state and city regulators as well as plaintiff attorneys can file a claim on behalf of an employee or group of employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has 53 regional offices throughout the country and as such can file an action within state and federal courts. According to Advisen, “For this reason, claim trends will vary by state, with certain states pursuing particular types of claims at any one time.”

The top four EPLI litigation generating states, according to Advisen, are:

  • New York
  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
Posted on April 21, 2015 .