A harassment lawsuit is a highly customized combination of financial expenses and losses. After filing a harassment lawsuit, your potential settlement will depend on the unique set of circumstances surrounding your case and the extent and severity of the harassment you endured.
The average settlement for a harassment lawsuit will vary greatly from plaintiff to plaintiff. Your personal injury lawyer may help you determine the value of your harassment lawsuit based on their calculation of your damages. These damages may include:
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
You and your lawyer may review your recoverable damages as you build your case. Assessing your financial expenses and losses can help your lawyer assign a financial value to your lawsuit and ensure your case is not undervalued or underpaid.
Harassment Is Never Acceptable
If you are being harassed at work, you might have the basis of a lawsuit against the at-fault party or your employer. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment includes any form of unwelcome attention based on:
- National Origin
You deserve to go to work every day in a safe environment. If harassment of any kind is making your workplace uncomfortable or intolerable, you have the right to file a complaint and potentially pursue compensation. Speak to a local law firm right away if you are being harassed at work.
When Harassment Breaks the Law
People who work together on a daily basis often joke around. They might even prank each other. These actions do not constitute harassment. Harassment becomes problematic, breaks the law, and positions you to file a lawsuit when:
- Your employment is conditioned on tolerating the harassment
- The harassment is severe and frequent enough to make your workplace intolerable
- A reasonable person would consider the harassment intimidating, antagonistic, and unwelcome
No one has to live with being harassed at work. If the harassment caused you to file a lawsuit or you were retaliated against for filing a harassment complaint, a lawyer may be able to help you fight against your harasser on your behalf. You can review the situation at your job with a lawyer near you today.
Define the Severity of the Harassment You Endured
Harassment at or outside of work can be a frightening experience. New York laws define harassment in the following categories:
- New York Penal Law (PEN) §240.25, or harassment in the first degree: This includes stalking someone or repeatedly intimidating them.
- PEN §240.26, or harassment in the second degree: This includes striking or threatening someone, following them, or repeatedly and intentionally annoying them.
- PEN §240.30, or aggravated harassment in the second degree: This includes unwanted communication, anonymous communication, annoying someone, or striking someone.
- PEN §240.31, or aggravated harassment in the first degree: This includes premises damages, unwanted communication, pointless communication, physical assault.
Your lawyer can help you define the depth and severity of your harassment. After proving the cause of your harassment, your lawyer might also be able to help you assign a monetary value to your lawsuit.
Your Lawyer May Be Able to Negotiate a Favorable Settlement
If you are the victim of harassment, you might consider filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party for your damages and losses. Your lawyer may help you prove how the harassment happened and identify the right place to assign financial liability. However, you might not have to go to court if the opposing party decides to quietly settle your case outside of the courtroom.
A financial settlement is a final and permanent resolution to your case, which means understanding the value of your case is important. Speak to your legal team about the value of your lawsuit and how a settlement offer might get negotiated, received, and distributed.
You do not have to accept harassment without fighting back. Your lawyer will fight hard for the compensation you might be entitled to receive while also preparing your lawsuit in time to meet the statute of limitations. If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer may take your case to court to continue your pursuit of compensation.
Let Morelli Law Firm Calculate the Value of Your Harassment Lawsuit
Harassment can take a physical, financial, and emotional toll on you and on the friends, family, and coworkers who love and support you. You do not have to fight it alone. You can fight back against your harasser by filing a lawsuit for financial compensation.
Find out what an average settlement for a harassment lawsuit is and what your potential financial recovery might be by calling our law firm. Contact the client intake team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800 today.