When a California employee is successful in a wrongful termination lawsuit against a former employer, he or she will be awarded monetary compensation for damages suffered. In general, there are two types of damages that can be recovered in such a case: economic and non-economic.
More specific damages awarded in a California wrongful termination lawsuit may include:
- Compensation for lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain
- Loss of professional reputation
- Attorneys’ fees
- Punitive damages
Of note, the type of damages a wrongfully terminated California employee may receive in a wrongful termination lawsuit against a former employer is dependent upon the legal basis of the lawsuit and the specific facts of the case. With that being said, do you know what kinds of damages you may be able to recover in your wrongful termination lawsuit? Call (800) 576-4620 to connect with HBK Lawyers APC and our employment law attorney in Glendale, Los Angeles County, and Riverside County. Using our experience and insight, we can help you anticipate the details of your case, right down to damages you can claim.
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Compensatory Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases
Economic damages, often referred to as compensatory damages, are meant to make the plaintiff financially stable. The most basic type of compensatory damages available in a wrongful termination lawsuit in California are those for lost wages and benefits.
Damages for lost wages and employment benefits are calculated by:
- Calculating the value of the wages or salary as well as the value of any other benefits the employee-plaintiff would have received from the employer, as of the date of the wrongful termination up until the date of the court’s verdict, adjusted for inflation.
- Adding the previous value to the value of wages or salary as well as the value of any other benefits the employee-plaintiff would have received from the employer, as of the date of the court’s verdict and going forward for as long as the job would reasonably have been expected to continue, adjusted for inflation.
- Adding the sum of the last two values to the value of any other contract-related damages caused by the employer-defendant’s behavior.
In other words, damages often equal past lost wages and benefits plus future lost wages and benefits with the further addition of other contract damages, if any. It can be quite costly for an employer to wrongfully terminate an employee, yet it happens more often than you might think.
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