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  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • MANDATORY ARBITRATION
  • CIVIL DAMAGES
Winning Issue » CIVIL DAMAGES


We assume our federal courts provide equal justice under law, but when it comes to awarding damages from a civil lawsuit, women and minorities are often assigned a smaller monetary settlement than what white men receive. Most believe the law should not value one group of people over another, and that race, ethnicity and gender should not be used to withhold compensation from victims of civil lawsuits. Advocates say anyone seeking justice in our courtrooms should not be met with the systemic inequities of a justice system that has failed to reckon with its earliest sins of segregation and legalized discrimination. They say our federal court system needs to be more equitable by ensuring victims of crimes are given appropriate compensation - no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.4418 - Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act of 2019
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Sean Casten (IL)




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current civil damages policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support prohibiting courts from awarding damages to plaintiffs in civil actions using a calculation for projected future earning potential that takes into account a plaintiff's race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation by: 1.) Developing guidance for economists to develop future earnings tables that do not rely on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation. And developing guidance for states on how to calculate future earnings in state tort proceedings in a manner that is free of such biases. 2.) Reporting on damages awarded under federal law for personal injury, employment discrimination, tort damages, and cases involving protected classes of individuals sharing a common characteristic or identity who are legally protected against discrimination. 3.) Submitting recommendations to ensure that future earnings calculations that take into account age and disability do not conflict with federal equal protection laws. 4.) Requiring the Federal Judicial Center to train federal judges on how to implement this bill. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Sean Casten (IL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support prohibiting courts from awarding damages to plaintiffs in civil actions using a calculation for projected future earning potential that takes into account a plaintiff's race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation by:

    1.) Developing guidance for economists to develop future earnings tables that do not rely on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation. And developing guidance for states on how to calculate future earnings in state tort proceedings in a manner that is free of such biases.

    2.) Reporting on damages awarded under federal law for personal injury, employment discrimination, tort damages, and cases involving protected classes of individuals sharing a common characteristic or identity who are legally protected against discrimination.

    3.) Submitting recommendations to ensure that future earnings calculations that take into account age and disability do not conflict with federal equal protection laws.

    4.) Requiring the Federal Judicial Center to train federal judges on how to implement this bill.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Sean Casten (IL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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October 4, 2021
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October 10, 2021
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