A sexual harassment victim must not be required to address complaints to a supervisor who is involved in, condones, or ignores the harassment. Past research on discrimination and employment equity is clear that the most effective routes to ending discrimination and producing equal opportunity workplaces is by getting managers to take ownership of the problem and supporting workable solutions. Compensatory damages pay victims for out-of-pocket expenses caused by the discrimination such as costs associated with a job search or medical expenses and compensate them for any emotional harm suffered such as mental anguish, inconvenience, or loss of enjoyment of life. We go on to describe the gender and race of sexual harassment charging parties as well as the industry breakdown of charges.
Limits On Compensatory & Punitive Damages
MarketWatch Partner Center. Then we will examine the recently strengthened federal law governing sexual harass ment in the workplace. Only rarely does the EEOC itself bring a case on behalf of the employee—usually for cases that have wide-ranging significance.