The remedies of a workplace discrimination claim

Facing discrimination in the workplace can affect your career and even your mental well-being. After all, you spend most of your day at work. This is why you should be proactive in protecting your legal rights.

Once you file a discrimination charge against your employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), your claim will be investigated and action may be taken against your employer. Below are the possible remedies that may be available for you.

Injunctions

An injunction is a court order requiring a person to stop doing or acting in a certain way. For example, your employer may be ordered to stop any conduct that amounts to workplace discrimination, such as leaving you out of office activities or reducing your responsibilities.

Reinstatement and back pay

If you were unlawfully dismissed, your employer could be ordered to reinstate you back to your former job. On top of that, they may also have to pay you for the missed wages and benefits for the period you were unlawfully dismissed.

General damages

You deserve compensation for any distress, mental and emotional anguish caused by your workplace discrimination. Being discriminated against can cause stress and lower your enjoyment of life. Your employer may be compelled to compensate you for that.

Punitive damages can also be awarded to punish the employer for their discriminatory actions, especially if they were malicious or reckless with their conduct.

Evaluating your claim

The most important part of it all is ensuring that your rights are protected from a discriminatory employer. Therefore, you need to know how to proceed with your case and hold your employer accountable. Having experienced legal guidance can increase the chances of a positive conclusion for your case.