The "vengeful punitive award" in this case is having UNC-W's institutional hand publicly slapped by a jury. The promotion and monetary award would be relatively minor.
I've observed UNC-W as a parent for four years. That administration will do anything and everything to promote political correctness, and will find ways to evade any negotiated agreement. The corrective action needs to be loud and clear from a jury that can be heard in the halls of the General Assembly. The ultimate fix for this is going to have to come from Raleigh.