If you are considering filing a lawsuit against your employer, you likely have many questions, including several about your potential for financial recovery. The types of monetary damages you receive in an employment lawsuit would largely depend on the legal basis for your lawsuit and the specific facts and circumstances of your case.

Common employment law disputes involve:

–       Workplace harassment

–       Discrimination

–       Unpaid wages

–       Retaliatory action

–       Wrongful termination

To discuss whether you should file a claim against your employer, contact an experienced employment attorney.

Read on for the types of monetary compensation you can recover in an employment claim.

Lost Wages and Benefits

When an employee is able to prove workplace, harassment, failure to pay proper wages, employee misclassification, or illegal termination, he or she may be able to recover monetary damages for lost wages and benefits.

Lost wages and benefits, or the value of wages or salary and the value of any benefits provided by the employer (i.e. health insurance, stock options, etc…), are the most common form of recoverable damages in a Los Angeles employment case. In a wrongful termination case, for example, lost wages compensation should include wages and benefits an employee would have earned from their employer starting from the date of the wrongful termination up until the date of the court verdict or settlement.

Employees are also eligible to receive future lost wages, or the value of wages and benefits they would have received from the employer starting from the date of the verdict or settlement and continuing for as long as their job would have reasonably been expected to continue.

Non-Economic Damages in Employment Lawsuits

When a worker is unlawfully fired from his job, he does not only suffer monetary damages such as lost wages, but also non-economic damages that might follow for the foreseeable future. The most common forms of non-economic damages claimed by plaintiffs in employment lawsuits include damages for emotional distress or mental suffering and damage to one’s professional reputation. An employee plaintiff may also be able to receive damages for health symptoms or mental suffering or stress caused by wrongful termination or the employer’s alleged harassment or discrimination.

Attorney’s Fees and Costs

In some California employment cases, plaintiffs who are successful may also be able to recoup attorney’s fees and other costs of litigation such as court fees, filing fees and cost of expert witnesses.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are damages intended to punish the employer for committing an egregiously wrongful act and/or to deter other companies from engaging in the same behavior. For an employee to receive punitive damages, the actions of an employer must rise to the level of  “oppression, fraud or malice.”

To discuss your employment law claim and potential for financial compensation, contact the experienced attorneys at LOEAB Law today.