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Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace: How Much Does It Really Cost Your Business?

Kristian Bell
Collins & Lacy, P.C. - Columbia Office

June 12, 2014

Previously published on January 2014

HRMorning.Com released statistics regarding the real cost of bias and harassment in the
workplace. According to the site, statistics show:

  • Companies paid $365 million to settle harassment and discrimination cases in 2012.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fielded nearly 100,000 charges of harassment and bias in 2012.
  • One out of every four employees said they’ve experienced unfairness at work that discouraged them from recommending the company to other people.
  • More than 65% of staff members have no idea what their companies’ harassment and discrimination policies contain.
  • The most costly types of bias are retaliation ($177 million), sex/gender ($139 million), disability ($103 million), race ($101 million) and age ($92 million).
  • The cost to replace an employee is 100% or more of the departing worker’s salary.
To reduce these costs and the risk of exposure to your business, provide yearly training and information to your employees to make them aware of your company’s harassment and discrimination policies. The attorneys at Collins & Lacy can help you protect your business by developing new policies or reviewing existing policies to make sure they comply with state and federal laws, as well as provide training for your employees.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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