A lot of people, despite being furious about being wrongfully terminated, want to know about the possible outcomes before proceeding to file a lawsuit against their employers. This is because they believe that if the compensation is not enough, the stress and legal expenses that a lawsuit brings along aren’t worth the hassle.
We’ve compiled all the relevant and helpful information regarding past verdicts and settlement amounts, as well as the types of compensation that you might be eligible to receive.
By the end of this article, you should have a good idea of how much your wrongful termination lawsuit is worth.
What’s the Average Wongful Termination Settlement Worth in California?
A wrongful termination claim in California can be settled for as little as $10,000 while more comprehensive cases can result in multi-million dollar verdicts. Since each wrongful termination case has its own individual circumstances, lost wages, and emotional distress, each claim needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.Need Legal Help? Let’s talk.
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The average value of a wrongful termination settlement varies widely dependent on whether you have legal representation from a lawyer or not. As such, there is not true “average” wrongful termination settlement.
The final settlement or verdict amount also depends on the negotiation skills of your wrongful termination lawyer, and whether or not your case goes to trial.
Past Verdicts and Settlements in California
When you’re about to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer, you might wonder what the average settlement value of an illegal termination case is. The amount usually differs in each case, as it depends on the specific details of each situation. Due to this reason, an employment attorney is the best person who can give you an estimate of the amount that you would receive.
For a general idea, refer to some of the examples we’ve listed below of past verdicts and settlements of wrongful termination lawsuits.
- $2 million – Employee terminated on the basis of race.
- $3.5 million – Employees were terminated after they were diagnosed with a disability.
- $4 million – Employee terminated after learning and reporting about sexual harassment.
- $5.5 million – Employee terminated after she brought up a case against her employer, claiming FEHA violations.
- $6.25 Million – Truck driver fired after he denied driving in stormy conditions.
- $ 16 million – Employee terminated due to his age.
- $18 million – Employee terminated for claiming wage and safety violations in the organization.
- $21.7 million – Employee fired for suffering from mental issues.
- $25.1 million – Salesperson was retaliated against, demoted, and later terminated for complaining about a colleague violating the law.
By now, you might have a rough idea of the average settlement amount of a wrongful termination lawsuit. However, it isn’t necessary that you would also receive the same amount as mentioned above in the past verdicts and settlements, as every detail of your case can affect the compensation that you might be eligible to receive.
The best way to go about it is to contact an attorney with experience in wrongful termination lawsuits, as they’d be able to guide you and explain the settlement amount you can receive from your wrongful termination case.
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What Types of Compensation are Available for Wrongful Termination Lawsuits?
You should also be aware of the type of compensation you would be eligible to receive when you file a lawsuit of wrongful termination against your employer. The type of compensation also depends on the specific details of the case. We’ve listed some of them below, which you might be eligible for:
- Lost Wages – You’re likely to be compensated for the lost wages due to the unlawful termination. The compensation received is divided into two categories – back pay, the amount lost from the moment you were fired till the time of the trial, and front pay, the money lost from the trial till the time you’re reinstated or hired at another company.
- Lost Benefits – The benefits offered by the employer, which the employee had to pay for themselves due to wrongful termination, might also be compensated.
- Emotional Distress – It’s normal for people to suffer from emotional turmoil due to unjust termination.
- Punitive Damages – When awarded punitive damages, the employer would be punished for their action, and it would be made sure that other employees don’t go through the same issue.
It isn’t necessary that you would receive all of the above-mentioned compensations, as it depends entirely on the case-specific details. For this reason, it’s necessary to consult a professional and experienced attorney.
Should You Speak with a Wrongful Termination Lawyer?
In California, there are laws in place that protect employees from being wrongfully terminated. Understanding these laws isn’t easy, which is why we recommend that you consult a wrongful termination lawyer to help you with your case.
An experienced attorney would be able to tell you whether you have a strong case against your employer and what type of compensation you might be eligible for. They can also guide you through the process and represent you in court, in case it goes to trial.
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