Most employees are considered at-will employees. Therefore, the employee may be terminated for any reason or no reason at all and the employer does not need to establish that the employee was fired “for cause.” There may still be circumstances when an at-will employee’s termination is wrongful.
Generally, wrongful termination occurs when an employee is terminated and the termination violates an employment contract, was discriminatory, or against public policy. For more information on whether your termination was wrongful visit our employment law page.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, you may be interested in understanding what your remedies are. In other words, what you will be able to recover.
Depending upon the situation, damages available to wrongfully discharged employees can include back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, injunctive relief, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Back pay is the wages you lost from the time you filed your claim until the time the suit was resolved. Front pay is money awarded for lost compensation during the period between judgment and reinstatement.