What damages can I get in a sexual harassment case?

Several different types of remedies are available under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act if you prevail in your sexual harassment claim, including:

  • Back pay – the lost pay and benefits you would have received absent the adverse personnel action (e.g., salary from the date of a termination or demotion until the date of the trial);
  • Compensatory damages – damages to compensate emotional distress and reputational harm that you suffered because of the sexual harassment;
  • Punitive damages – damages to punish the company if it acted with malice or reckless indifference;
  • Lost future earnings;
  • Equitable relief, such as an order reinstating you; and/or
  • Attorney’s fee and litigation expenses

Importantly, different federal, state and local laws may apply to your case and may allow different types and amounts of damages (Title VII, for example, has a cap on the amount of compensatory and punitive damages you can recover).

Talk with a sexual harassment lawyer to maximize your potential damages. If you have experienced workplace discrimination or whistleblower retaliation, call us at (202) 769-1681, or start your preliminary consultation online

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