Employment practices liability insurance, known in the trade as EPL insurance or EPLI, provides coverage to employers against claims made by employees alleging discrimination (based on sex, race, age or disability, for example), wrongful termination, harassment and other employment-related issues, such as failure to promote.
Large corporations typically have substantial employment practices insurance coverage in place and are prepared to deal with just about any employment lawsuit. However, small or new businesses are often the most vulnerable to employment claims. That’s because they usually lack a legal department or employee handbook detailing the policies and procedures that guide hiring, disciplining or terminating employees.
If you have employees, you need Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
The Hartford is dedicated to helping protect employers. That’s why we designed our EPLI coverage to help businesses not only endure, but prevail in the event they face an employment-related claim for acts including:
- Violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Wrongful discipline
- Wrongful failure to promote
- Wrongful termination
A common employee complaint filed centers around wage and hour violations including wage calculation, overtime calculation and job classifications. Employees file wage and hour lawsuits accusing employers of misclassifying employment status or miscommunicating an employee’s eligibility to receive overtime. The Hartford’s BOP automatically includes a Wage And Hour Defense Cost sublimit of coverage as part of its built-in EPL coverage – which is a real plus for businesses that are likely to find themselves exposed to wage and hour disputes