A ten-year-old article said that the median costs of wrongful-termination awards reached $151,800 for men and $75,000 for women (based on 1,700 verdicts rendered between 1988 and 1995). The article is in Admin. Sciences Quarterly, 2000 at 557. Even in 1988 the average cost to defendants of those types of cases reached $80,000.
In today’s dollars, the average total cost of resolution (award plus fees) might be nearing $300,000 (See my post of April 22, 2007: more recent data that outlines lower expenses; and April 23, 2006: jurimetrics myths.).