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What Damages Can I Recover in a Workplace Sexual Harassment Claim?

Workplace sexual harassment is both morally wrong and illegal under both federal and state laws. If you have been the victim of workplace sexual harassment, it’s vital that you understand your possible legal remedies and your rights. You may also be wondering what damages you may be entitled to. Here are the damages that can potentially be recovered in a Texas workplace sexual harassment claim.

What is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature and creates a hostile or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment is against Texas state and federal law within both public and private workplaces. 

Possible Damages

There are a few different types of damages that someone may be entitled to if they prevail in their sexual harassment claim, including the following:

1. Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are, as their name implies, intended to compensate you for the harm that you have suffered resulting from the harassment you endured. Compensatory damages may include emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment. 

2. Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate you for monetary losses that stem from the harassment. Economic damages may include medical expenses and lost wages. 

Economic damages aim to reimburse you for the financial losses caused by the harassment. They can include:

3. Punitive Damages

Sometimes, in addition to compensatory and economic damages, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are designed for the purpose of punishing the wrongdoer and deterring the same behavior in the future. It’s important to note that Texas has a cap on the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. Generally, they are only awarded in cases involving egregious conduct. 

4. Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Should you succeed in your sexual harassment claim, the court has the authority to require that the defendant cover your attorney’s fees and the costs associated with litigation. This helps to ensure your access to legal representation and encourages the pursuit of justice.

5. Job-Related Remedies

Sometimes successful sexual harassment claims may lead to job-related solutions, including reinstatement, promotions, or modifications to workplace policies aimed at preventing future harassment.

Protecting Your Rights

Workplace sexual harassment can have profound emotional and professional repercussions. Still, by gaining a clear understanding of your rights and the potential compensation options, you can hold the individual who harassed you and your employer liable. 

The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Houston Who Have Been the Victim of Workplace Sexual Harassment

The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of workplace sexual harassment get their lives and their livelihoods back on track. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim or sexual harassment in the workplace, we may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation. Workplace sexual harassment can have a huge impact on many aspects of your life. When you have already dealt with so much, the last thing you want to worry about is financial implications. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s wrongdoing. It’s imperative that you speak with a lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your rights. Call the lawyers at Rochelle McCullough today!