Sexual Harassment Statutory Caps Under Title VII
Under the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a. statutory caps on damages are imposed for both compensatory and punitive damages. This includes Illinois sexual harassment cases. The combined damage caps are based on the number of employees an employer has working for it. The breakdown is as follows:
- For employers who have 15 to 100 workers: $50,000;
- For employers who have 101 to 200 workers: $100,000;
- For employers who have 201 to 500 workers: $200,000;
- For employers who have in excess of 500 workers: $300,000.
Having an experienced sexual harassment lawyer review the facts of the case to determine the size of the employer is critical. Many times employers can hide the number of employers or miscount through an elaborate scheme designed to hide the true number of employees.