Damages in Wrongful Firing Lawsuits
If you were wrongfully terminated, you are likely experiencing financial hardship due to the sudden and unexpected loss of income. However, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against your employer with help from an experienced wrongful termination lawyer in Bergen County.
Compensation in a lawsuit is also referred to as “damages.” To recover damages for wrongful termination in New Jersey, you must prove that you were fired because you belonged in a protected class (such as an age group), or because you took part in a protected activity (such as filing a complaint against your employer).
Your employer will likely attempt to cite valid reasons for your termination, such as poor job performance, which makes it essential for you to be prepared with as much evidence as possible. Your attorney will help to gather, analyze, and present the evidence on your behalf, such as performance reviews, employment contracts, records involving your wages or salary, reference letters, and records related to training.
If you can prove that you were fired for reasons that violated state or federal anti-discrimination laws, you may be awarded damages by the court. These damages may include:
- Lost benefits, such as pension plans, 401(k) plans, medical insurance, dental insurance, and stock options
- Lost earnings, including overtime pay
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
In certain cases, it may also be possible to recover “punitive” damages. However, because punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant – in this case, your employer – they are only available in cases where the defendant took particularly egregious and extreme actions. Moreover, New Jersey employment laws only allow punitive damages to be awarded in cases where upper management participated in the discrimination.
Bergen County Work Discrimination Attorney Handling Wrongful Termination Claims
No one should have to suffer the pain of discrimination – especially not in an environment that is supposed to be professional. If you or your spouse was fired for discriminatory reasons, or if you were fired as retaliation for whistleblowing, you should explore your legal options with an experienced wrongful termination attorney in Bergen County. For a free legal consultation about wrongful termination lawsuits in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi online, or call today at (973) 453-4060.