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What damages can I claim in a wrongful termination suit?

If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job -- either through retaliation after reporting an instance of sexual harassment or as a result of unfair treatment for some other reason -- you may be able to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit. During this lawsuit, you will want to ask for a variety of financial remedies for damages that you have suffered as a result of the wrongful termination.

Let's take a look at some of the common damages that come into play in a wrongful termination suit:

  • One common claim is to request the reinstatement of your old job. Whether you would be interested in something like this or not would be your decision. Many ex-employees would prefer not to return to a job that didn't respect them.
  • You might also ask to receive back pay, which -- in some circumstances -- you can multiply by three. This backpay would include income lost as a result of your termination, income lost due to a missed raise or missed promotion that resulted from the termination.
  • Fringe benefits lost. These might include the monetary value represented by a company car, company cellphone, company gym membership and other benefits.
  • Emotional stress is another category of damages. Many people who are terminated wrongfully will endure a great deal of fear and emotional turmoil that will affect their lives in a negative way.
  • You can also ask for your employer to set up better sexual harassment policies to avoid problems like yours in the future.
  • Since you'll probably want to use an employment law attorney to represent you in your wrongful termination claim, you may also want to request attorneys' fees and other costs in your claim.

Need help evaluating your employment law matter? An employment law attorney can represent you in your claim for damages relating to wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other legal issues that may arise between you and your employer.

Source: FindLaw, "Sexual harassment actions you can take," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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