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What damages are available in an employment discrimination case?



There are several different types of damages that are available in an employment discrimination case. It really varies depending on what statute, what law you bring your claim under. But some of the most common examples are back pay, which is the difference in the amount of pay that you should’ve received had you not been fired, for example, by your employer, and the amount you actually received.

There’s also compensatory damages which are called emotional distress damages as well, which are designed to compensate you for any emotional harm that you suffered as a result of the employment discrimination. There are also punitive damages, and that’s where if your employer has acted with particular egregious or reckless type of discrimination. Those damages can be awarded to punish the employer for that.

Finally, there is front pay, where if you are able to prove to the court that you’re not going to be able to get another job for, let’s say, a year, you may be able to get one year’s additional pay as a monetary damage.

Maryland Washington DC Virginia Discrimination Attorneys

Hiring a proven and effective advocate is critical to obtaining the maximum recovery in an employment discrimination case.  Eric Bachman, Chair of the Firm’s Discrimination Practice, has substantial experience litigating precedent-setting individual and class action discrimination cases.   His wins include a $100 million settlement in a disparate impact Title VII class action and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.   As Special Litigation Counsel in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials, Bachman is  a litigator ready to fight for you to obtain the relief that you deserve. 

Bachman writes frequently on employment discrimination issues at the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog and has been quoted in national media about discrimination cases.   U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named Zuckerman Law a Tier 1 firm in Litigation – Labor and Employment in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you.  To schedule a preliminary consultation, click here or call us at (202) 769-1681.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and [email protected]. Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.