So you know, I work on employment discrimination. Look at this massive plunge in employment discrimination filings. The left axis is for all civil cases and the right for ED cases (everything classfied as 442 – Tit VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, EPA, PDA, 1981, and 1983). This is the Donohue and Siegelman data in the earlier period (pre 1988) and now a replicaiton and explansion by me, bob, john, and peter all put together in one visually stunning powerpoint slide (kudos, ellen berrey!).
So, not explained by the previous D&S theory about economic/employment cycles – and it is not all ADA. its not all 1991 civil rights act damages either. In fact, the 91 CRA had a backlash effect that is interesting, but for another post.
We have BOATLOADS of data and can tell you lots about lots about lots. But, this decline is a bit of a mystery. Theories?