When you believe your employer is breaking the law in the way they are treating you, deciding what to do can be very difficult. On the one hand, you want to stand up for your rights, but on the other hand, it might not be worth the trouble.
Understanding what could be gained by taking legal action should be your first step. We take a look at what an employee lawsuit might be worth but encourage you to reach out to our office for a personalized assessment of your potential claim.
What Is My Case Worth?
Regardless of whether you are taking legal action under New Jersey wrongful termination, wage and hour, or anti-discrimination laws, the types of damages you could be awarded by a judge will be similar. Those damages could include the following:
- Lost wages. A successful lawsuit could result in you receiving the salary and benefits you would have gotten if not for the wrongful termination or other adverse action—otherwise known as back pay—or future wages or benefits you will continue to lose because of your employer’s illegal action. The amount of these damages is dependent on your salary and benefits.
- Emotional distress. If discrimination, harassment, or retaliation at work caused you to experience anxiety, depression, or other forms of emotional distress, you could be awarded damages to compensate you for your suffering.
- Reinstatement. Along with or instead of monetary compensation, you might be seeking reinstatement of your position or of the salary or benefits you lost because of an adverse action.
- Punitive damages. If your lawsuit uncovers particularly egregious behavior by upper-level management at your company, a judge could order the company to pay damages as punishment for their actions. You could receive a significant amount of this money.
- Attorney’s fees. If your lawsuit is successful, your employer should be required to pay your attorney’s fees and other court costs.
The success of your case and the value of your damages will depend on the power of your personal story and the strength of your evidence.
An Experienced Attorney Can Make a Big Difference
Every employment law case begins with a feeling that something is not quite right. Trust your instincts and contact New Jersey attorney Frank Steinberg to discuss your options.
The sooner your lawyer is involved, the more likely it is that you can build a strong case to hold your employer accountable and to be justly compensated for the harm they have caused. To learn more about your rights and what you need to do to protect them, contact our office as soon as possible.