How Much Compensation Could I Be Entitled to in My Sexual Harassment Case?
Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Idaho law. It is a form of sexual discrimination and is defined as unwanted sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with a person’s work or creates a hostile work environment. Unfortunately, employees continue to be the victims of sexual harassment and may be too afraid to take steps to stop the unwanted advances for fear of retaliation—also illegal under Title VII. If you are being sexually harassed, do not let fear stop you from getting the compensation you could be entitled to.
Types of Compensation You Could Receive
The goal of a sexual harassment claim is to put you back into the same position you would have been in if your employer had not engaged in these illegal actions. The type and amount of damages you would be entitled to depend on how you were harmed. Under Title VII, you could be entitled to the following compensation:
- Back pay. You could obtain back pay if you did not receive a promotion or raise or were fired because of sexual harassment. This can include wages, bonuses, commissions, raises, benefits, and vacation or sick pay. Under Title VII, you could be entitled to back pay for two years from the date you filed your complaint.
- Front pay. If you lost your job or were forced to quit it due to sexual harassment, you may receive front pay to compensate you for the wages and other benefits of your job that you lost. Factors that will determine the amount you could receive include your age, how long you were at your job, how long it could take you to find a comparable job, and how long other employees in your profession generally need to find a new job.
- Compensatory damages. Even if you did not lose any wages, you could be entitled to compensatory damages for the emotional distress you suffered and out-of-pocket expenses you incurred, such as medical bills and costs associated with a job search.
- Punitive damages. These are awarded not to compensate you, but to punish your employer for especially bad behavior. You could be entitled to these damages if your employer knew of the sexual harassment against you, but took no steps to correct it.
- Attorney’s fees. If you win your sexual harassment claim, you are entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees to compensate your attorney for the time he spent on your case.
Compensatory and punitive damages are capped at a certain amount based on the number of employees in your company. For example, your damages would be capped at $50,000 if there are 15 to 100 employees and at $100,000 if your company employs between 101 and 200 employees.
Don’t Let Your Employer Get Away With Sexual Harassment
If you are the victim of sexual harassment, do not let your employer continue to harass you or your co-workers by doing nothing. You could be losing wages, promotions, and other benefits that you need to support your family as well as experiencing the emotional toll of the unwanted advances. I have been helping victims of discrimination for over 30 years. Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.