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Study: Employee Lawsuits, Casual Dress Decline

Compiled By Tonya Vinas Employees were better dressed and less litigious in 2002, according to the Jackson Lewis Annual Workplace Law Survey, which the law firm recently released. The firm, with 20 offices nationwide, surveyed human resources executives from a broad range of businesses. Findings include:

  • A decline in employee lawsuits continued. From a peak of 62% of employers reporting they were sued in 1995, the number dropped to 49% in 2002.
  • Employees who did sue employers most often alleged racial discrimination (50%), followed by wrongful discharge (46%) and gender discrimination (42%). Despite these findings, more companies reported having diversity programs than in 2001 (37% verses 29%).
  • Companies are reporting significant decrees in sexual harassment. In 1995, 95% of surveyed companies reporting having sexual harassment complaints that year. For 2002, 43% of respondents said they had no sexual harassment complaints.
The survey also found that 87% of companies did not have co-worker dating policies, and fewer (67% verses 75%) allow dress-down days once a week.
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