Most employment cases aren't going to be those big headline multi-million dollar awards. Usually, if you're lucky, you might recover lost wages and benefits. Very few cases result in big money for the former employee, so don't assume you have a winning lottery ticket as soon as a coworker makes a racist or sexist comment.
Damages are the monetary value of the losses that a judge or jury awards to you if you win a lawsuit. They have to have been reasonably foreseeable, and not speculative. Compensatory damages are those that compensate for the actual loss. Punitive damages are those which punish someone who commits an intentional tort to act as a deterrent to future such behavior.
In employment, different types of cases can result in different types of damages. Here are some of the types of damages you might see awarded:
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