Q & A – What are the possible consequences if discrimination or harassment occurs in my workplace?

Q: What are the possible consequences if discrimination or harassment occurs in my workplace?

A: Either the employee or an administrative agency may sue the employer.  Employees can recover lost wages, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorney’s fees if they prevail.  Employers must undergo the time, energy, and cost of defending the claim.  Beyond the obvious legal consequences, discrimination and harassment can have far-reaching effects on the work environment, productivity, and employee morale.