You could be terminated from your job for several illegal reasons in Texas. Discrimination, retaliation for exercising your legal rights, and termination when you take time off for jury duty, military leave, or to vote are not permissible reasons for an employer to fire you under federal and Texas laws. If you believe you were the victim of a wrongful termination, you may decide to take the step of pursuing a civil claim against your employer. When deciding whether to do this, you need to understand the types of compensation you may be entitled to.
Types of Compensation Awarded in Wrongful Termination Cases
The purpose of awarding compensation in a wrongful termination case is to make the victim whole and put him in the same position he would have been in if he had not been wrongfully terminated. This means that you could be awarded these types of damages:
- Compensatory damages. You are entitled to be reimbursed for the out-of-pocket expenses you incurred due to your wrongful termination. The cost of your job search, medical bills, and emotional harm, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, are examples of compensatory damages that you may receive in your settlement.
- Economic damages. The major portion of your claim will be economic damages for the lost wages caused by the termination of your job. This is divided into back pay and front pay. Back pay includes the wages, benefits, and overtime you lost from the date of your termination until the date of your trial or settlement. Front pay is the amount of wages and other benefits you lost from the date of judgment in court until you are reinstated. Many employers are not willing to reinstate an employee, so a front pay award may be awarded instead of reinstatement.
- Emotional distress. You are entitled to be compensated for the emotional distress you suffered due to the loss of your job. This can include compensation for depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and other pain and suffering that you experience. This portion of your claim can be difficult to value, which is one reason why you need the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney.
- Punitive damages. When an employer’s actions are especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the employer. Depending on the type of wrongful termination claim you have, there may be caps on the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded.
- Attorney fees. You may be entitled to be compensated for your reasonable attorney fees under some employment termination laws.
Filing a wrongful termination case can be complicated. You need an experienced employment attorney who understands the federal and state laws that could apply to your situation. To learn about attorney Walt Taylor’s experience helping other clients who were wrongfully terminated and how he can assist you, Please feel free to contact him online or call directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.
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