Punitive Damages

Employment Claims And Damages

When an employee's workplace rights have been violated, such as cases involving discrimination, he or she has the legal right to file a claim with the New Mexico Human Rights Division (HRD) or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the claim has been investigated, both parties will be given the opportunity to participate in a mediation to resolve the dispute. The employee can also file a lawsuit. If the court rules in favor of the employee, the employer can be ordered to reinstate the employee or, if the position has already been filled, compensate the employee for any lost wages. In a case involving the violation of federal laws, the employee must file a claim before a lawsuit can be initiated.

Certain types of employment lawsuits can also result in punitive damages, which is a type of compensation that is intended both as a punishment and to set an example to others. Punitive damages may be awarded when the court considers the employer's harmful and illegal acts were intentional and committed with malice or reckless indifference. If an employee has filed a claim or lawsuit, it is strongly advised that you contact an experienced attorney to discuss the case, to get better informed as to your rights and legal options.

Dedicated Legal Assistance

Our firm, Moody & Stanford, specializes in employment law and can assist you in any case involving an employee claim, including:

  • Workplace discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • FMLA violations
  • Unpaid wages
  • Wrongful termination

We have successfully represented many employers in employment disputes and can help map out a strategy to dispute the allegations.

Abercrombie & Fitch Hiring Practices

New Mexico Employment Lawyer Handling Discrimination Claims

Abercrombie & Fitch is a multibillion-dollar apparel retailer that targets teenage and college-age shoppers. Youth are a major focus of this company. In fact, the retailer's CEO has even made statements that have indicated Abercrombie & Fitch's focus on youth throughout every facet of the business operation. While it is perfectly fine for a company to know what type of audience it is targeting, it is not OK when that company starts discriminating against job applicants or employees simply because they do not have a certain image, whether that is a "youthful" image or some other type of image.

Abercrombie & Fitch has actually been sued on multiple occasions for alleged employment discrimination, including age discrimination, race discrimination and even religious discrimination. Our New Mexico employment law attorneys at Moody & Stanford are investigating the retail chain's hiring practices — both at the store level and at the corporate level — in order to uncover any policies or actions that involve age discrimination. If you are age 40 or older and have been either unfairly denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch or unfairly terminated from the company, we want to hear your story! If you have any type of information regarding Abercrombie & Fitch's hiring practices, we encourage you to speak with our employment law firm.

Abercrombie & Fitch's History Of Discrimination Lawsuits

In one of Abercrombie & Fitch's class-action lawsuits, the retailer was sued by thousands of plaintiffs in 2003 for allegedly discriminating against Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans in its hiring and employment practices. As a result of the lawsuit, the company reached a settlement in 2004 in which it agreed to hire a vice president for diversity and diversity recruiters, as reported by The New York Times. The company also agreed to pay $40 million to the plaintiffs.

There are also many other lawsuits that have occurred in recent years. In one case, a 55-year-old former pilot of the clothing company's corporate jet sued Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming that he was terminated because of his age, according to ABC News. Another lawsuit sought damages for two Muslim women who said they were discriminated against because they were not willing to take off their hijabs, or head scarves, during work. That lawsuit was settled in 2013, with the company paying the women monetary damages and agreeing to change its policies regarding hijabs and religious accommodations, according to The Guardian.

Don't Accept Discrimination. Take Action!

No one should have to be denied a job or treated unfairly at work simply because of his or her age, gender, religion, race, etc. If you are the victim of employment discrimination committed by Abercrombie & Fitch or any other employer, you need to take action to put a stop to this unjustifiable behavior and to seek compensation for the hardship you suffered. Contact us so we can help you fight for justice!