Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit Settlement 3 Important Factors

When you have filed a hostile work environment lawsuit, settlement is determined by three important factors. If your suit is successful, you could be awarded economic damages, compassionate or non-economic damages, and punitive damages. There will always be multiple factors coming into play here.

You will have to show that the hostile environment was pervasive enough that any other reasonable person would have the same problem that you did in that environment. If you can show that, you have a good chance of being successful.

In South Carolina, your claim can be filed either with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

A workplace harassment lawyer knows what these agencies need for a successful case. We can help you gather the materials you need and fight for you to get the justice you deserve. If you’ve been harassed, discriminated against, or are trying to work in an abusive environment, you deserve compensation for the monetary and non-economic damages that you’ve incurred.

Monetary Damages

You go to work because you need an income. You don’t have to apologize for being upset that you could lose your income over this. Monetary damages are a key factor in hostile work environment lawsuits settlements.

You can be awarded lost wages, loss of potential future wages, and medical expenses if you have them. Any other costs that you incurred as a result of this problem could be included. Keep every receipt. If you needed to buy new headphones because you need to tune someone out now, that could be monetary damage you would earn due to a hostile environment.

Non-Economic Damages

Bad workdays ruin a whole week in ordinary situations. In extraordinary ones, they could ruin everything. You might sleep less, have relationship problems because all you can think about is work hate, and you may be experiencing loss of consortium or loss of companionship because work is awful now.

Those are damages you can be compensated for. A journal of everything you are going through can help. Document everything weird that is happening at work as well, but not on any work devices.

Punitive Damages

In many cases, hostile workplace environments are illegal, but the person doesn’t get caught. That is part of the anxiety and depression that leads to these lawsuits. One way the law has to punish the accused is through a civil payment that would go to you. These are called punitive damages.

Contact a South Carolina Workplace Harassment Lawyer Today

These laws are here for a reason. Hostile workplaces are not okay. Your employer has the legal responsibility to do something about it. When they don’t, you file a complaint. At the Hopkins Law Firm, we will fight for your voice to be heard. Call us today for a free review of your case at 843-894-2377, and let’s get started.

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FAQ

I laughed at some jokes before, and now they make me cry. Is this a hostile environment?

Yes, it is. Do your co-workers or employers know this is happening? Ask them to stop. If that doesn’t happen, call a lawyer, and we can file a complaint. The refusal is stop creating a hostile work environment is illegal.

Is harassment at work illegal?

Yes, it is. There are different kinds of harassment and a unique set of laws for harassment in the workplace where behavior is expected to be above the norm of your everyday life. Whether or not your situation is civilly illegal or criminal remains to be seen. It can be both sometimes. Let’s talk about that.

What could I potentially recover in a hostile work environment lawsuit?

Every case is different. It could be a few thousand dollars or over $50,000. The size of the company will play a role:

  • For employers up to 100 employees: $50,000
  • For employers with 101 to 200 employees: $100,000
  • For employers with 201 to 500 employees: $200,000
  • For employers with over 500 employees: $300,000