Discrimination in the workplace occurs all over the world, though residents of Pennsylvania should be aware of how to seek emotional distress damages if it happens to them. In effect, an individual may be able to seek damages for pain and suffering caused by an employer’s discrimination.
Is a doctor’s evaluation necessary?
Some may be concerned about seeking damages for pain and suffering due to the idea that an evaluation from a doctor is necessary. This is simply not the case. In fact, you don’t have to show any documentation from a doctor when attempting to prove your claim of workplace discrimination.
With that said, it’s important to note that the defendant (i.e. company) may request that you have one in an attempt to show that any mental distress you are experiencing is due to issues outside of the workplace. All doctor-patient activities are sensitive, so having an attorney on hand may prove useful.
What records should you keep?
Requesting monetary damages for an emotional grievance may sometimes prove difficult without documentation. Consider keeping a record of when and how often there was workplace discrimination, the severity of the discrimination and the emotional harm that it caused.
The defendants may very well try to suggest that a plaintiff is exaggerating a claim. Keeping detailed notes from the start may help mitigate any of these concerns as notes may show consistency through your feelings.
Ready to seek emotional distress damages?
Though the experience requiring you to seek emotional damages may be stressful, you can reduce your overall stress with the proper help. It may be wise to have an established and experienced attorney on your side. An attorney could guide you through the process, potentially helping to ensure that you have the appropriate documentation and hopefully reducing undue stress from the litigation process.