News Release

Brown & Brown, Inc. Resolves Lawsuit Brought by EEOC

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc. (BRO) resolved a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in U.S. EEOC v. Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc., Case No. 6-16-cv-1326, M.D. Fla.  In the lawsuit, the EEOC claimed that Brown & Brown discriminated against an applicant by failing to hire her due to her pregnancy.  Brown & Brown denied the allegations and raised defenses to the claim, but reached a settlement to avoid protracted litigation and wasteful expense of attorneys’ fees.  

General Counsel for Brown & Brown, Bob Lloyd, emphasized the financial benefits of the settlement: “Any time you can resolve a case brought by the EEOC, which is backed by a virtually unlimited litigation budget of taxpayer money, it only makes sense to find a sensible financial resolution with no admission of wrongdoing.”  Lloyd called many of substantive terms of the consent decree redundant for Brown & Brown, which is committed to hiring and developing talented teammates without regard to their protected status: “Brown & Brown has been and always will be a Meritocracy, where all of our teammates are given an opportunity to succeed and are measured on the merits of their performance.  Brown & Brown’s commitment to our teammates’ success is paramount and our obligations under the consent decree are merely in furtherance of this commitment.”

For Katie Palmer, one of the two female Brown & Brown employees identified by the EEOC as having allegedly discriminated against the applicant, resolution of the case struck a more personal chord: “I took exception to the allegations against me and the company [Brown & Brown] that stood behind me during this case.  I just returned from maternity leave myself and learned that the case settled.  Although I will not have the opportunity to vindicate myself at trial, I will avoid the time and expense of litigation, which will allow me to focus on my job and my new family.”

Brown & Brown, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of insurance and reinsurance products and related services.  Additionally, certain Brown & Brown subsidiaries offer a variety of risk management, third-party administration, and other services. Serving business, public entity, individual, trade and professional association clients nationwide, Brown & Brown is ranked by Business Insurance magazine as the United States’ sixth largest independent insurance intermediary. Brown & Brown’s Web address is www.bbinsurance.com.

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Robert W. Lloyd
General Counsel
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