Juror Attitudes in Harassment and Discrimination Suits

Risk Research Bulletin | February 2015 | 0 Comments  Average 4 out of 5

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Juror attitudes can have a major impact on harassment and discrimination lawsuits involving educational institutions. Dispute Dynamics researched the attitudes of thousands of potential jurors in cases involving educational institutions and other entities. What they found can help institutions make educated decisions about whether or not to go to trial:

  • In a dispute between an employee and an employer, 59 percent of average jurors tend to believe the employee. In a dispute between a professor and university, 70 percent tend to believe the professor.
  • 45 percent of jurors understand, but can’t explain the term “academic tenure” to others, while 34 percent do not understand the term.
  • 87 percent of jurors believe that above all else, the function of a professor is to teach students. 

Offering evidence of training efforts to eradicate harassment will show jurors that the institution takes the issue seriously. Early intervention can mitigate problem scenarios and prevent costly litigation.


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