What Remedies Are Available?
If a hostile work environment claim succeeds, the plaintiff may be entitled to several different types of remedies. These remedies include injunctive relief, back pay, compensatory damages related to pain and suffering or emotional distress, punitive damages, interest on lost wages, and reasonable attorney’s fees. Monetary damages, such as lost wages, are almost always available, regardless of the severity or outrageousness of the harassment. Emotional distress and punitive damages are often more difficult to recover and usually require a showing that the harassment and hostile work environment were particularly egregious. Additionally, employers may be held liable for statutory fines of up to $50,000, depending on the specific circumstances of the hostile work environment claim.
If you believe that you have been unfairly subjected to a hostile work environment or are still forced to work in an ongoing hostile work environment, you can get help. An experienced employment attorney who is aware of the laws, your rights, and how the legal system works can help you understand your situation and take appropriate action. Depending on your individual circumstances, different courses of action may be available. By obtaining the help of a dedicated attorney who will fight for your rights, you will not only increase your chances of bringing a successful claim, but you will also be able to obtain the justice you deserve.