Calculate monetary damages. Discrimination settlements generally include compensation for monetary loss, including lost wages, back pay and potential future monetary losses as a result of losing a job or a promotion.
Take into account emotional pain and suffering. If you suffer mental distress and anguish as a result of the discriminatory act, you may be entitled to emotional damages. These damages are established by the testimony of the victim, witnesses or medical professionals. The amount of emotional damages to be awarded in settlement is at the discretion of the judge or jury.
Ask for punitive damages. If the employer's actions were especially egregious or willful, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for his or her wrongful behavior by making the defendant pay additional damages to the plaintiff. The amount of punitive damages to award in settlement is also at the discretion of the judge or the jury.
Request attorney's fees. The prevailing party in a discrimination lawsuit may be able to recover his or her attorney fees from the opposing party as part of the settlement proceeds. This could include court costs such as filing fees, subpoenas and witness appearance fees.
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