Workplace Harassment Court Cases Here's What You Need To Know

When you are being harassed at work, it suddenly feels awful in every area of your life. Your employers are required by law to keep the workplace safe, but maybe they aren’t complying. It may reach a point where this has to go to court. Stopping the behavior isn’t enough. You might deserve compensation for all of those sleepless nights, anxiety attacks, and sandwiches or dinners that went untouched because you were so stressed out.

This may be a problem for a judge to examine. If that is what you have decided, a workplace harassment lawyer can help you organize what you need for successful workplace harassment court cases.

Defining Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination. Workplace harassment is beyond bullying and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or natural origin. In some cases, discrimination is based on all of the above.

Is someone trying to make you feel like you are a lesser person at work because you’re a woman, Muslim, African American, or from overseas?

You can’t be harassed or discriminated against for these things and deserve compensation if you are.

Evidence for Workplace Harassment Court Cases

You’ll need to show that you’ve been harassed or faced discrimination. Keep all documentation such as emails, text messages, photocopies of materials sent, voicemails, gifts, and anything tangible that you can hold.

You also want to get a copy of your work’s policy on sexual harassment.

Damages Awarded in Workplace Harassment Court Cases

There are two kinds of damages awarded in these cases. There are compensatory damages that will be monetary in nature and exact. That includes:

  • Lost pay — Any lost money at all, such as tips or bonuses, commissions
  • Lost promotions
  • Medical costs, if any

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are a form of civil punishment and are less exact. These would be awarded to punish the behavior and are more challenging to calculate as employers typically don’t admit the behavior. Federal law caps punitive damages accordingly:

  • Companies with 15-100 employees: $50,000
  • Companies with 101-200 employees: $100,000
  • Companies with 201-500 employees: $200,000
  • Companies with more than 500 employees: $300,000

Consult with a Workplace Harassment Attorney Today

When you have been a victim of workplace harassment, the law has remedies. You don’t have to go through this alone. To help build your workplace harassment court case, contact the Hopkins Law Firm at 843-894-2377 for a free review of your case.

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FAQ

What if I don’t have any evidence, and it feels like it’s not that bad?

If you feel like you are being discriminated against, you probably are. Review texts, emails, phone calls, and make some notes about why you think this way. Ask your fellow employees what they think or if they witnessed anything. Contact a lawyer for a free review. It’s not in your head.

I accused someone of harassment, and they told me a remote worker couldn’t have that. Is that true?

It sounds like you might have more evidence of discrimination than you think. No, that’s not true. If you are feeling harassed, you probably are. Document as much as you can before you talk to a lawyer to resolve the problem.

I complained about harassment at work, and it got worse. What do I do?

The legal term for this is retaliation, and this is illegal. You might have grounds for a successful workplace harassment court case. Give us a call, and we will review this situation at no cost.