What Can I Get If I Win?


If I am successful, what kind of relief will the court grant me?


The court can grant relief that includes monetary damages, temporary restraining orders, and injunctions to prevent or compel behavior, such as reinstatement in employment or ending discriminatory practices.


What types of monetary damages are available?


The court may award both compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are awarded for things like financial loss, emotional pain and suffering, and inconvenience. Punitive damages are intended to punish the employer and are awarded only when its behavior demonstrates malice or reckless indifference.


Is there a limit on monetary damages I can recover?


Yes. If your employer has 14 or fewer employees, damages are limited to $10,000 for the first violation, $25,000 for the second, and $50,000 for the third or later violations.


If your employer has 15 or more employers, the maximum sum of compensatory and punitive damages are determined by the number of employees. If your employer has between 15 and 100 employees, your total damages may not exceed $50,000. Where there are 101-200 employees, total damages may not exceed $100,000. Where there are 201-500 employees, total damages may not exceed $200,000, and where there are 501 or more employees, total damages may not exceed $300,000.



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