Employment Litigation: Single Plaintiff Employment Discrimination Toolkit

Resources to help employers and their counsel prevent and defend against single plaintiff employment discrimination litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Section 1981, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state anti-discrimination laws. This Toolkit includes resources addressing discovery, employer defenses, substantive legal requirements, and settlement.

Practical Law Labor & Employment

Employers are often named as defendants in single plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, even though most employers take steps to minimize the risk of unlawful workplace discrimination. Current or former employees or rejected applicants who believe they were treated unfairly based on their membership in a protected class ( www.practicallaw.com/5-501-5857) may commence litigation alleging violations of federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws, including:

Although some of the single plaintiff employment discrimination cases filed have merit, others do not. Regardless, employers must defend each case until a judicial resolution (such as summary judgment ( www.practicallaw.com/1-502-4081) or a verdict) or settlement is reached. To achieve the most favorable resolution in a particular case, employers and their counsel must both develop a successful litigation strategy and understand the legal obligations under applicable anti-discrimination laws.

The Employment Litigation: Single Plaintiff Employment Discrimination Toolkit provides many resources to help private employers and their counsel defend against single plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, including resources addressing litigation strategies and tactics, such as model discovery requests and objections, and resources addressing the substantive legal requirements of federal and state anti-discrimination laws.


Practice Note: Overview


Practice Notes (Discrimination)


Practice Notes (Litigation)


Standard Documents and Clauses

Pretrial and Pleadings


Motions, Trial, and Settlement




State Content




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