The average wrongful termination lawsuit payout award can range from a few thousand dollars to over $100,000. It all depends on the nature of the wrongful termination and the damages you incur due to the termination. It also depends on how far the lawsuit goes. If you go to a jury trial, you may get a more significant award.
When you are struggling with wrongful termination, a lot is going on. You've lost your income and feel like you are also dealing with an unfair workplace situation. If you've been given a termination agreement or document, it all seems so final and awful.
The best thing to do is get a wrongful termination lawyer to help you fight what might be an injustice to you and an expensive injustice.
Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Payout Awards
Wrongful termination payout awards refer to the money you are owed as a result of wrongful termination. This determination is usually based on the economic losses you have incurred and sometimes the emotional losses you have incurred.
If you have been at work for 20 years, for example, and this happened suddenly, you may suffer panic attacks or depression due to this problem. You may be able to get compensated for that.
If deeper issues are going on, such as federal law violations, you may be able to get more compensation. A violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is often grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. A violation of the Whistleblower Protection Program is as well. A whistleblower would be able to sue successfully if the evidence is there. Retaliation is illegal.
Compensation for Wrongful Termination
Compensation for wrongful termination includes wage loss, emotional distress, and additional factors.
Wage loss for your lawsuit would be calculated from the date of your firing to the present day. You have a duty to alleviate some of these damages by looking for more work. You may also be able to sue for the benefits you were using at your job. If you have benefits at a new job, that would be deducted from any settlement.
If this termination has prevented you from getting more work, you can sue for more lost wages. For example, if your reputation has suffered and now you can't get a job, that could be factored in.
Losing health insurance, being behind in rent or mortgage payments, or losing your vehicle because you got behind in payments are all things that cause emotional distress. Serious things like this bring employees to a lawsuit.
A South Carolina attorney with experience can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact a South Carolina Wrongful Termination Attorney Today
When you have been terminated, there are so many emotions coming into play. Document everything, and give us a call. At the Hopkins Law Firm, we can help you get the wrongful termination lawsuit payout award you deserve. Call us at 843-314-4202 for a review of your case today.
What is wrongful termination in South Carolina?
When you've been fired, it's normal to think it's an injustice. South Carolina defines it as terminating someone for a violation of public policy, which typically means asking you to do something illegal or violate the law in order to keep your job. If your employer can't show a legal justification for its termination, it could be a wrongful termination.
How do I prove wrongful termination?
Document everything involved in the termination, and don't sign anything until you talk to a lawyer. Keep everything by email or text that came to you before the termination. Many employers will come up with a reason that isn't real when they are terminating something wrongfully. If there's something in writing to say why they are firing you, keep it. Build your case from there with evidence that contradicts that.
How long do I have to file a wrongful termination lawsuit?
In South Carolina, you have three years. Start the lawsuit as soon as you can, and look for work while that is in progress.