Past Year’s Top 25 Employment Law Cases

It’s no secret that employment law claims can add up, but just how high?

One group tried to find out, and ended up compiling the 25 most expensive employment-law settlements and verdicts over the past twelve months.

The ultimate verdict? Be very careful how you treat your employees.

  1. Mercy General Hospital (Sacramento, CA) will pay $168 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit judgment.
  2. ArcelorMittal (Buffalo, NY) will pay $25 million in a race discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  3. Dr Pepper Snapple Group (Chicago, IL) will pay $18.3 million in an age discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  4. YRC/Yellow Transportation (Chicago Ridge, IL) will pay $11 million to settle an EEOC race harassment and discrimination lawsuit.
  5. Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company (Los Angeles, CA) will pay $8.5 million in a disability discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  6. Cook County (Chicago, IL) will pay $7.6 million in a race discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  7. Lennox Industries (Richardson, TX) will pay $6.2 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit.
  8. Aaron’s Inc. (Fairview Heights, IL) will pay $6 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  9. Sears (Sacramento, CA) will pay $5.2 million in a race discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  10. AT&T (Kansas City, MO) will pay $5 million in a religious discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  11. Chrysler (Belvidere, IL) will pay $3.8 million in a race and religious discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  12. Passaic County (Passaic County, NJ) will pay $3.7 million in an age discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  13. D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (Washington, DC) will pay $3.5 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit judgment.
  14. Rite Aid (Los Angeles, CA) will pay $3.5 million in a disability discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  15. Pepsi (Minneapolis, MN) will pay $3.13 million to settle an EEOC race discrimination lawsuit.
  16. CSX Transportation (Danville, WV) will pay $2.6 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit judgment.
  17. Qwest Communications (San Francisco, CA) will pay $2.3 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit judgment.
  18. Fry’s Electronics (Seattle, WA) will pay $2.3 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  19. Hoffmann-La Roche (Las Vegas) will pay $1.9 million in an age discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  20. US Department of Veterans Affairs (Union Grove, WI) will pay $1.8 million in a retaliation lawsuit judgment.
  21. Mary Ann’s Mexican Restaurant (New York, NY) will pay $1.6 million in a sexual orientation and religious discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  22. Clallam County (Seattle, WA) will pay $1.6 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit.
  23. City of Burbank (Burbank, CA) will pay $1.3 million in a retaliation lawsuit judgment.
  24. Henry’s Turkey Service (Goldthwaite, TX) will pay $1.3 million to compensate former employees in a disability discrimination lawsuit judgment.
  25. Ferguson Enterprises (Detroit, MI) will pay $1.2 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit judgment.
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