Employment Practices Liability Insurance typically covers allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual harassment of employees. A decade ago, when many insurance companies began taking large losses on these types of claims, Employment Practices Liability Insurance became a stand-alone insurance product for businesses.
Over the past decade, the number of discrimination cases has more than tripled in the United States, and a vast majority of these cases are filed against employers. Employment issues make up 30% of all civil litigation in the United States, and charges filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission increase virtually every year. Publicly held companies, privately held companies and not for profit corporations are all at risk for being sued by employees and potential employees.