What damages can I be awarded from my wrongful termination case?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2016 | Wrongful Termination |

When employees show up for work on time and perform their job duties, it is expected that they will keep their job and continue to advance in the company. Unfortunately, with employers being able to fire their employees at any time, for any reason, a person may not feel as though they have the job security they want and need. Ideally, when a person is let go, they have done something wrong and deserve to be fired, but there have been many employers who have chosen to let their employees go for reasons that many would feel are unfair or harsh. This is when employees make the decision to file a wrongful termination claim and seek to be awarded damages for their troubles.

The following damages can be awarded from a wrongful termination case:

  • Front pay.
  • Back pay.
  • Reinstatement.
  • Attorney’s fees.

Sometimes, depending on what the former employee requests or what the courts think is fair, people are awarded a number of damages. However, not every person who files a wrongful termination claim will be able to win the abovementioned damages. Every case is different, so just because one person was awarded back pay, doesn’t mean all people who file a claim against their employer will be awarded back pay.

There are some laws that are tricky, so it understandable that employers may feel as though they don’t need a valid reason to fire their employees. Even though many employers are able to terminate their employees at-will, it doesn’t mean that they cannot be found guilty of wrongful termination. Those who feel as though they have been wrongfully terminated from their place of employment may want to consider getting assistance with their case from an attorney who is knowledgeable in employment law.


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