Compensation in a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
Wrongful termination has a host of negative consequences for the victim. First, there is the obvious financial harm: the loss of the income, the loss of employment benefits, and potentially, the loss of unpaid wages or overtime. Then, there is the sense of shame, anger, and helplessness that comes from being targeted and abused. Finally, there is the fear of suffering the same discrimination and harassment in the future. When an employee is wrongfully terminated, they lose more than just a job or a paycheck – they also lose their sense of dignity, stability, and security.
Filing a wrongful termination claim gives you an opportunity to pursue the compensation that you deserve for your losses. Perhaps more importantly, it also gives you an opportunity to hold your employer accountable and send a clear message that discrimination will not be tolerated.
Various types of compensation, called “damages,” may be recoverable in a wrongful termination lawsuit. These damages include:
- Compensation for lost earnings, including unpaid wages and unpaid overtime
- Compensation for lost employment benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental), retirement benefits (such as pension plans), and employee stock options (incentive, non-qualified)
- Compensation for emotional distress
The majority of wrongful discharge cases are settled out of court, meaning both parties reach a mutual agreement about compensation before the matter ever goes to trial. While settling is faster and simpler than litigation, it is not necessarily the right approach for resolving every case. Your attorney will develop a tailored legal strategy that gives you the greatest likelihood of recovering compensation successfully.
Montclair Wrongful Termination Attorney Handling Workplace Discrimination Claims
If you were fired because you blew the whistle on your employer, refused to take part in illegal activities, or belonged to a protected class, you should discuss your situation with an experienced wrongful discharge attorney as soon as possible. You could be entitled to compensation for your losses – including salary or wages, overtime, and benefits – in addition to the mental anguish you have suffered due to the job loss. For a free consultation about filing a wrongful termination claim in New Jersey, contact Montclair wrongful termination lawyer Usmaan Sleemi at (973) 453-4060, or contact us online.