Maybe it’s something in the water: companies in states south of Lake Michigan seem to suffer higher rates of employee lawsuits compared to the rest of the US. The real reason for this map is much more nuanced, of course, and has nothing to do with what’s running through the pipes.
In many cases, the states in which employers face chances of litigation above the national average are the same states with employee protection laws more rigorous than what federal guidelines propose. It’s no surprise, then, that in a state such as California—where companies contend with an ever-increasing list of legal obligations—employers encounter significant risk in the form of discrimination and retaliation charges brought by former employees.
This data comes to us from the 2015 Hiscox Guide to Employee Lawsuits, and is part of our forthcoming Definitive Guide to Workforce Compliance. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about our guide—and look out for another statistic next week!