The general rule behind finding a remedy for an employment discrimination case, is to put the victim in a similar position to where they were before any discrimination took place.
The purpose of a discrimination action is to not only hold an employer responsible for discriminating against an employee, but to also provide the employee with remedies for the injurious actions that they endured.
The type of remedies that are granted in employment discrimination cases are based on the act and the effect it had on the plaintiff. Usually, compensatory damages are sought, and in some cases, punitive damages are sought as well. Below are common remedies awarded to victims of employment discrimination:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also places limits on the amount of compensatory and punitive damages a person can recover. Limits vary, and are dependent on the size of the employer:
While many remedies for employment discrimination cannot be reduced or eliminated easily, there are certain actions by the employee that can block or reduce their damages:
In short, employees have a right to defend themselves and to speak up for themselves. But, they should refrain from any illegal activity that is done in response to the employment discrimination. If you fear for your safety, then the best course of action is to leave your job and file a complaint immediately with the EEOC.
If you have been discriminated against by your employer or future employer, you should contact a local employment attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will advise you of your rights and assist you in preparing your case. Your attorney will also be able to walk you through the complex process of filing a claim with the EEOC, in addition to representing you in court.
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