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I am currently in a retaliation lawsuit for racial discrimimation

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I am currently in a retaliation lawsuit for racial discrimimation with my former employer. How likely would it be for me to get punitive damages or should I just settle for the settlement that they are offering?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
Punitive damages in retaliation complaints are granted depending upon the proof of bad faith and malice in the retaliation. They are always a toss up with the courts because the courts are hesitant to award them AND the costs of going all the way to litigation many times eats up a good chunk of any additional money you get. However, your attorney knows your case evidence and the decision of malice and bad faith is based on that evidence so you need to make him give you an honest evaluation.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do you think that one source of evidence is good enough or do you think a lot of evidence is needed to when a punitive damage?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
One source can be all you need depending on the strength of that source of evidence. Again, that is what your attorney's experience in evaluation is for.