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Woman awarded over $87k in gender discrimination case

A woman in a recent out-of-state case claimed that she was harassed on the job due to being a woman and then was retaliated against. After deliberating for 15 hours during a three-day period, a civil jury agreed with her, and she was recently awarded compensatory damages totaling more than $87,000. When somebody in Texas experiences workplace gender discrimination, it is within his or her rights to pursue full accountability from his or her  employer.

The woman who recently won her gender discrimination case had joined a police department back in 2000. However, she experienced a hostile work environment while working there because she is a woman. She ended up being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of the hostile work environment. As a result, she took a leave of absence back in 2014 for nine months.

The woman was awarded $50,000 and more than $37,000 in damages for the emotional distress she suffered as well as for the wages she lost during her leave, respectively. She was also recently given a $40,000 disability check from the township where she worked; this check covers her lost income from 2014. No punitive damages were awarded in the case.

When a person in Texas endures gender discrimination, he or she has the right to take legal action, as this type of treatment is in violation of federal and state laws. In addition to potentially winning compensatory damages, a victim may be awarded punitive damages in cases of egregious fault. An understanding of what facts have to be proved will likely be necessary to prevail in this type of case.

Source: dailyrecord.com, "Jury: Female Randolph officer was harassed, retaliated against", Peggy Wright, Dec. 21, 2016

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