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There is a cap on the amount of compensatory plus punitive damages that can be awarded in a discrimination case brought under federal law. The total depends on the size of the employer.
In cases where the plaintiff is seeking damages for gender-based discrimination under the Equal Pay Act, compensatory and punitive damages are not allowed. However, the plaintiff may be entitled to "liquidated damages" in the amount of wages lost due to the discrimination.
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Sorry - there isn't a limit on compensatory damages in retaliation cases, and damages can include attorney's fees. There's no cap on that, either. The general whistle blower statute doesn't provide for punitive damages unless you happen to be a railroad employee or you're alleging a pattern of behavior that affects the public at large.
There isn't a cap on punitive damages in the latter situation. For railroad employees, it's $250,000.