How Much Is Discrimination Worth? DoNotPay’s Guide to Race Discrimination Lawsuit Settlements
Racial discrimination is as much a hot topic today as it was at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
If you are a victim of race discrimination in the workplace, you are faced with the choice of whether to accept it or fight back.
In case you decide to fight back, DoNotPay is here to help you understand how much you could win in compensation based on recent race discrimination lawsuit settlements.
The burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that your employer has discriminated against you, meaning you have to provide evidence of:
- De jure or de facto discrimination—Your employer has deliberately enforced discriminatory practices or allowed them to take place
- Wage discrimination—You are being paid less for the same work due to your race
- Harassment—You suffer verbal, email, sexual, or cyber abuse at work
- Retaliation—Employees are victimized for having complained about discriminatory behavior
If you have enough evidence to support your allegation of racial discrimination, you can proceed with your complaint against your employer.
In proven race discrimination cases, you could be entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Lost earnings compensation
- Reimbursement of costs
- Mental trauma damages
- Punitive damages
You may receive compensation for earnings lost as a result of your employer’s discrimination against you. The compensation could include:
- Back pay or payment of earnings lost before the case was launched
- Front pay, meaning earnings you will lose in the future if you have lost your job due to discrimination
- Benefits or any shortfalls in your expected benefits status due to the discrimination
Your court costs, lawyers’ fees, and other related expenses may be reimbursed if you win a settlement from your employer.
Many lawyers work on a fee calculated as a percentage of whatever compensation they secure for you, so it is in their interest to fight for as much compensation as possible.
If you can prove you have suffered mental trauma or anguish as a result of racial discrimination, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the costs of counseling or therapy.
A statement from a doctor, psychiatrist, or counselor would be necessary to prove you have experienced trauma.
In serious racial discrimination court cases, the employer may be forced to pay damages to you as a punishment for their actions.
The amounts involved can be significant, so many employers choose to avoid punitive damages by offering racial discrimination settlements before cases reach court.
Federal anti-discrimination law governs the amounts a court may award in compensation per employee as follows:
|501 employees or more||$300,000|
The big cases that make headlines due to their million-dollar settlement amounts usually involve multiple plaintiffs.
The average amount a plaintiff receives in compensation for racial discrimination is $40,000. Factors that can influence the amount of compensation awarded can include:
In many cases, an employer accused of racial discrimination will choose to offer a settlement before the case goes to court. In many instances, the settlement amount will be lower than what a court may award.
The larger and more famous the company, the more it will be expected to pay in compensation. In court cases involving high-profile companies, a court may award higher punitive damages as an example to other employers.
Some states, such as California, are known to favor plaintiffs in discrimination cases. If a racial discrimination case is tried under state law, some states may award higher compensation amounts than others.
If you are convinced you are a victim of racial discrimination at work, your first step is to attempt to solve the problem with your employer.
Your complaint—called a charge of discrimination—must detail all the evidence of discrimination you have collected.
Once it has received your charge, the EEOC will investigate your case and advise you on the best way forward. The suggestions may include:
- Dropping the charge due to lack of evidence
- Mediating a pre-court settlement between you and your employer
- Commencing legal action against your employer
- Giving you written permission to launch a private race discrimination lawsuit
Submitting your charge of discrimination can be complicated, as the EEOC often requires you to attend an in-person interview to talk through the details of your complaint. DoNotPay has the answer, though—with our help, you can file your charge of discrimination in a few clicks!
DoNotPay is the expert at making your life simpler, and dealing with the EEOC is no exception.
You can use DoNotPay to file your EEOC charge of discrimination in these three steps:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Go to our Fight Workplace Discrimination product
- Fill out the details of your case
DoNotPay will handle the rest. We will file your charge with the nearest EEOC field office, and they will contact you to walk you through the next steps.
The EEOC deals with all forms of discrimination, not just racially motivated cases.
DoNotPay can help you work with the EEOC if you believe you are a victim of workplace discrimination based on:
Whatever your experience, DoNotPay is your go-to resource for fighting workplace discrimination.
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