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Everyone should be able to go to work without feeling subjected to discrimination and harassment. Yet, on a daily basis, innocent individuals are made victims to these illegal practices, which can have very real ramifications on their lives. Of course these acts can lead to the loss of a job or promotion, not being offered a position, or losing work hours, but harassment and discrimination can also create a hostile work environment that causes emotional torment. This is unacceptable, which is why victims of discrimination and sexual harassment need to carefully consider their legal options after being subjected to these behaviors.
Victims of sexual harassment might be wondering what a legal claim can do for them, though? It can do a number of things. While it can hold an employer responsible for the behavior in question, thereby providing some sort of accountability, it can also lead to the recovery of compensation. Some of those damages can be easily calculated, such as lost wages due to losing a job, promotion, or employment opportunity, but other damages are more challenging to put a price on.
Emotional pain and suffering is a perfect example. How can you put a financial value on the shame, embarrassment, and trauma to which you’ve been subjected? You can’t really, but if you want to take legal action against your employer then you’ll have to try. This may mean presenting evidence of how the sexual harassment has affected your daily life, whether you’ve needed to seek any sort of mental health services, and how the harassment has affected your reputation. These are just a few of the ways you can approach noneconomic damages in these types of cases. Punitive damages may also be available in these cases, which are damages that are solely meant to punish the wrongdoer.
We know that stepping out of the shadows to confront your harasser and your employer can be frightening. But that’s why law firms like ours offer a safe place for sexual harassment victims to discuss their situation and their best course forward. A legal advocate who knows this area of the law can be with you every step of the way to ensure that you and your legal rights are as fully protected as possible.