Workplace discrimination could cause severe financial problems for victims. People in California who find themselves denied promotions or terminated due to discrimination suffer financial consequences and an emotional toll. Incidents do exist of compensation paid for emotional distress suffered by victims of discrimination.
Emotional distress takes many forms. Some victims may suffer from depression, loss of sleep or interpersonal relationship problems. The impact of emotional stress could be far-reaching, which is why legal remedies exist. Since both the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act allow people to sue for emotional distress, recourse exists for those dealing with the pain of workplace discrimination. When filing suit for emotional distress, however, it becomes necessary to prove that the workplace discrimination caused emotional problems. After all, if the plaintiff can’t prove the employer caused the emotional duress, how can the courts levy a judgment against the employer?
Testimony may sway a jury to see things from the plaintiff’s perspective and find the employer at fault. Testimony may come from friends and relatives, but expert testimony from a medical professional could carry the most weight. In addition, documented evidence of emotional duress could help the case. Are there emails or text messages that reveal the pain a plaintiff is going through? Such material could prove valuable during civil proceedings.
A person harmed by workplace malfeasance may look into filing a lawsuit seeking compensation under discrimination law statutes. An attorney may help a plaintiff by seeking out a valuable expert witness. The attorney might help choose a psychiatrist who specializes in such cases to lend testimony.
Receiving compensation may be a significant priority for the plaintiff. An attorney might seek back pay and lost wages based on the case’s particulars. The attorney may even seek substantial punitive damages as well.