By hiring an experienced employment attorney, employees may obtain multiple types of compensation or “damages.” Typically, by filing a lawsuit, employees can recover much more than they would obtain through accepting a severance package, if one is offered. Available damages may include:
- Economic losses. An employee who was wrongfully terminated may be entitled to “economic damages,” which means the amount of wages and benefits they lost. In some cases, the plaintiff may be reinstated back to their job if desired.
- Emotional distress. Employees are compensated for past and future pain and suffering caused by workplace discrimination.
- Punitive damages. In cases where the employer’s actions are especially egregious, harmful and intentional, the employee may be awarded “punitive” damages, to punish the bad behavior.
- Attorney’s fees. Most employment cases are on “contingency” – which means you make no payment unless you win. However, after a successful trial, a court may sometimes require the employer to cover some or all of these fees.
Some types of cases, for example defamation, may include additional damages.
McCormack and Erlich will listen to you and find out what your goals are. Some of our clients prefer to negotiate a settlement, while others will continue to trial. Contact an attorney today at McCormack & Erlich to protect your rights and find out your options to handle your discrimination or wrongful termination case.
Other Discrimination and Harassment FAQs:
- Are temporary employees able to file discrimination claims?
- How do I know if I am working in a hostile work environment?
- How do I know if I have a discrimination case?
- My boss yells at me all the time. Do I have a case?
- What is discrimination in the workplace?
- What to do if you feel you have suffered discrimination?
- What type of compensation is available in a discrimination claim?