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What damages can you recover via a wrongful termination lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Employment Law

The consequences of a wrongful termination can be devastating to your livelihood and overall well-being. As such, it is essential to assert your rights if you think that your termination was illegal. You can potentially file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer to hold them accountable and recover compensation.

If you prevail in your case against your employer, you may be entitled to a range of damages for the harm and losses you suffered. These damages may include the following.

Missed wages

This includes the wages and benefits you would have earned from the time you were dismissed to the present had you not been wrongfully terminated. If you cannot be reinstated to your former position, you may be awarded front pay, which is the amount of money you would have earned in the future if you had not been wrongfully terminated.

Emotional distress

Losing a job can be a stressful experience. You may deserve compensation for the mental anguish, stress, anxiety and other emotional harm caused by the wrongful termination.

Punitive damages

Punitive damages may be awarded in wrongful termination cases where the employer’s conduct was particularly appalling. These damages are intended to punish the employer and deter others from engaging in similar conduct. Whether you can recover punitive damages depends on the particulars of your situation.

Attorney’s fees and costs

If you win your wrongful termination lawsuit, your employer may be required to pay your attorney’s fees and court costs. You could also be reimbursed for other litigation costs.

Seeking legal guidance is generally wise if you are considering taking action against your employer for wrongful termination. Doing so can help you understand your rights and options under the law.