People in Tennessee who face sexual harassment or workplace discrimination can suffer emotional damages as well as the financial losses that come from an unjust dismissal or refusal of a promotion or job opportunity. Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, victims of these types of injustice in the workplace may be able to recover compensatory damages for their emotional distress suffered as a result.
The term “emotional distress” may seem quite broad, and it can apply to a range of damaging consequences of workplace discrimination and harassment. These include a loss of enjoyment of life, harm to a person’s reputation, difficult relationships with family and friends, inability to sleep and the development of diagnosed psychiatric conditions like depression or generalized anxiety disorder. While it is possible to recover for emotional distress in these cases, it is necessary for the victim to show that it was the employer’s wrongdoing that led to the distress, rather than other, external events happening during the same time.
Courts can consider several factors when determining whether these types of damages are appropriate in a case, including the severity and duration of the discriminatory or harassing behavior, the extent of the emotional harm suffered and whether professional treatment was necessary from a therapist, psychologist or doctor. In order to support a claim for these kinds of damages, it is important to show evidence of the harms that were done. Testimony about personal experience can be evidence, as well as medical evidence and statements from experts.
Workplace discrimination can impact many areas of an employee’s life, including personal finances, career advancement and health . When people are seeking compensation for the harms done to them, they may benefit from working with an employment attorney.