Federal Employment Lawsuits Dip Below 1,000 Per Month
(26 Mar 2014) The monthly average number of federal employment lawsuits has dropped below 1,000 for the first five months of FY 2014. This is the first fiscal year for which this average has dipped below 1,000 since the start of TRAC's statistics on federal civil court filings in FY 2006.

The latest available data from the federal courts show that the government reported 862 new employment civil filings in February 2014 and 838 in January 2014. The number of employment lawsuits has been generally falling since reaching a high point during FY 2010 and FY 2011; it is currently 15.1 percent lower than it was a year ago.

Various federal statutes are invoked as the cause of action in employment lawsuits. These include: sex, race, age and other types of job discrimination including retaliatory practices under 42 USC 2000 and 2000e; violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC 12101 and 12117); the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 USC 201); job discrimination related to rehabilitation and handicaps (29 USC 791 and 794); the Family and Medical Leave Act (29 USC 2601); and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (38 USC 4301-4335).

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