A wrongful termination will result in you losing more than just your job. You will lose your income, you may be unable to support yourself or your family for some time, and your reputation could even become damaged as a result. Being fired is never easy, but when the termination was illegal, it is even more devastating. If you have been unfairly terminated, it is important to speak to a Columbus employment lawyer. A lawyer can help you file a claim based on the illegal firing, and help you recover certain damages, which are found below.
Like their name suggests, compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for any loss you sustained as a result of the wrongful termination. There are many types of compensatory damages available in wrongful termination lawsuits, and they are as follows:
Liquidated damages are also called “double damages” because they are equal to the amount of wages you lost. If you are awarded liquidated damages, you can receive twice the amount of your lost wages. Treble damages are very similar, except that you will receive three times the amount of your lost wages.
If your employer intentionally violated the law by wrongfully terminating you, such as if your firing was based on discrimination, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded in all cases, and they are also capped at twice the amount of compensatory damages, up to a maximum of $350,000.
You should always hire an attorney to help you file your claim. Many people fail to do this because they think it is too expensive. However, you can include these fees in your claim so you receive the sound legal advice you need, without being responsible for the cost.
The above damages are just a few of the most common available in wrongful termination claims. If you have been unfairly fired, our Columbus employment lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC can advise on the full damages to which you are entitled. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation so we can advise on your case.
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