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Large corporations typically have substantial employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) coverage in place and are prepared to deal with most employment lawsuits. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or start-ups are the most vulnerable to employment claims. (Photo: iStock)

For many, the highlight of this year’s Golden Globe awards was the powerful speech Oprah Winfrey gave about the issues raised in Hollywood regarding sexual harassment. It’s a situation that affects all industries, and it’s a story that insurance brokers and agents should heed.

Lawsuits filed by employees against current, former and even prospective employers have been on the rise since the 1990s. According to a study conducted by Hiscox in 2015, U.S.-based companies had at least an 11.7% chance of having an employment charge filed against them.

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