When punitive damages are available under state law, no caps apply. Federal discrimination claims under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act are subject to caps in combined general and punitive damages, ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 depending on the size of the employer. Under state law claims, those caps do not apply, but 60 percent of any punitive damages awarded under state law becomes the property of the state victims compensation fund, with the remaining 40 percent split between the lawyer and the plaintiff.
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