Just like in the relationships with your life partner or your parents and friends, you can get stabbed in the back, left emotionally wrecked and shattered from your employer. The main difference is, that in relationships with friends and family the main losses are considered to be emotional. However, when you are being wrongfully terminated from your job, the essential losses concern money and are legally wrong. It’s important to understand, that wrongful termination is when an employee is set off from his/her job illegally.
Wrongful termination cases are civil lawsuits. When you file a civil lawsuit, you get compensated from your employer. And the compensation is usually in the form of green paper we all love so much.
Here are some of the remedies you can get when wrongfully terminated from your job.
Where does my money go?
Lost pay: includes back pay, front pay, and benefits. Back pay is a remedy to compensate you for the wages you lost starting the date of your termination until the trial of the lawsuit. Front pay is to compensate you for the wages you lost starting the trail to the future. However, it is only in the case if you haven’t found a job or the job you have found pays less. The favorite part of every employee’s salaries are the benefits: as if it shows all the hard work you put into your work. You may also get compensated for the benefits you lost because of the termination.
Emotions are important: they can motivate us to take actions. Imagine this. If you fall and break your nose, only your nose will hurt. Well, maybe your cheeks will hurt a bit too, and your face will turn blue. However, that is all. But when you are emotionally fallen it feels like all your bones are broken and your soul is blue. Usually, this is very hard to prove. It needs to be seen that you have suffered in a way that can be verified by a mental health professional. In wrongful termination cases, you can ask for emotional distress damages at trial. The amount of money to be awarded in this case is entirely up to the jury.
More like a punishment!
These damages are only to punish the employer and are available only in outstandingly bad cases and are called punitive damages. They are only available in some states. Remember, that this is a really big deal, nothing to play with. You have to bring a great deal of proof at the trial to win punitive damages. And again, even if you meet the burden of proof, the amount of damages is entirely up to the jury.
There are many reasons why the employee might be fired illegally. The most talked about reason is discrimination based on gender, age, race, sexual orientation, etc. However, there are also cases of breach of contract lawsuit, statutory violation lawsuit, and other civil lawsuits. As a knowledgeable employee, you must always know your rights and be able to protect them. Because if you don’t, no one will.