The website of HR AnswerLink (OFDA) announces that “the average [employment] litigation cost is $50,000 per case,” and that “the average settlement is $200,000 per case.”
As to legal intensiveness of the HR field, the site points out that there “are 7,000 federal code sections, and more than 40,000 pages of employment regulations. On top of those, there are thousands of state and local regulations.”
I spotted no sources for these metrics and an online search yielded nothing. Not sure of the date, either. For other estimates of average costs per case, see my post of Nov. 19, 2005 on D&O claims and May 1, 2005 on patent litigation.