One of the most commonly asked questions asked by victims of workplace discrimination who are contemplating bringing a lawsuit is “how much is my case worth?” The emotional and financial toll that litigation oftentimes brings makes this a fair question. Before embarking on the arduous task of prosecuting a case, most folks are interested to know what they can expect when that process comes to an end. Let’s take a closer look at this issue and how an employment attorney from the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. can help.
What Categories of Damages Are Often Sought By Victims of Workplace Discrimination?
Although this is not an exhaustive by any measure, the categories of damages that are most commonly pursued and lawsuits involving workplace discrimination fall into one of three general categories: special damages, general damages, and exemplary damages.
Special damages are compensation for pecuniary losses recoverable in unlawful workplace discrimination cases and can include, for example, moving expenses, job search expenses, medical expenses, psychiatric expenses, physical therapy expenses, and other quantifiable out-of-pocket expenses that are incurred as a result of the discriminatory conduct.
General damages are compensation for emotional distress, mental anguish, and other psychic injuries an employee suffers as a result of workplace discrimination. Although less susceptible of precise measurement than more tangible pecuniary losses or physical injuries would be, emotional distress is no less real or worthy of compensation.
Exemplary damages or punitive damages are damages which are not designed to make the victim of workplace discrimination whole but instead, to punish the defendant and to deter others from similar conduct.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
The short answer is – it depends. The type and amound of damages that a victim of workplace discrimination can recover in a given case depends on the specifics of each case. Some victims of discrimination find comparable employment shortly after their departure from defendants employ, whereas others cannot find a comparable job for months or years. Some victims of discrimination suffer emotionally as a result of the discrimination so severely that they are clinically diagnosed, and require medication, while others are not emotionally harmed or potentially minimally so. The value of any given discrimination case it depends on the specific the facts of that case. A knowledgeable employment law attorney will review all relevant information and determine the most appropriate course of action for recovering damages based on the individual’s circumstances.
Contact Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. for Legal Advice
When considering legal action against an employer for discrimination in the workplace, it is important to understand that each case is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With the help of an experienced employment law attorney who regularly and routinely handles discrimination cases in Southern California cases, it is possible to fight back against workplace discrimination and recover just compensation.
Contact the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C today for more information about how we can help. We have years of experience in employment law. Our aggressive approach helps our clients achieve the justice they deserve. With a complimentary case evaluation and contingency fee-based services, our clients can contact us in confidence and without the worry of upfront, costly fees.