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Discrimination Cases Fare Poorly in Federal Court

Posted: June 15, 2009 Filed under: Employment Law

A recent article appearing in the Wall Street Journal discussed a study of employment discrimination cases filed in federal courts around the country between 1979 and 2006. According to the article “employees who sue over discrimination lose at a higher rate in federal court than other types of plaintiffs.” In fact, the article states:

From 1979 through 2006, federal plaintiffs won 15% of job-discrimination cases. By comparison, in all other civil cases, the win rate was 51%, according to a study to be published this month by the Harvard Law & Policy Review.

Two morals to take from the Journal story are these: cases should be methodically documented and an attorney should be chosen carefully. Read the article here.

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