When you are wrongfully terminated from your job, there are a number of legal remedies you may pursue, with a general goal of making you whole again.
Back Pay Following Wrongful Termination
If a court finds that your employer wrongfully terminated you, you may be entitled to back pay. Back pay will include payments and benefits that you would have received if you had not been fired. However, keep in mind that if you find a new job, the back pay you received will likely be reduced by the pay you receive on the new job. On the other hand, if you turn down a job or do not look for employment after being fired, your employer will ask the court to reduce the back pay owed.
Reinstatement of Employment Following Wrongful Termination
Another possible remedy if you are wrongfully terminated is the reinstatement of your job. The court can order an employer to reinstate an employee if they were fired illegally, which might include findings of workplace discrimination, public policy violations, or breaking an employment contract.
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If reinstatement is not feasible because a position no longer exists or an employer will not rehire, as examples, a court may order front pay to begin on the date of the court’s judgement. Front pay typically continues for a defined period of time or until an employee is able to secure gainful employment.
Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Compensatory damages and punitive damages may also be available to employees if an employer acts illegally when wrongfully terminating an employee, particularly in employment discrimination cases.
Contact an Experienced Iowa Employment Law Attorney
Humphrey Law Firm is built on a passion for justice. Attorney Marc Humphrey is dedicated to helping employee pursue compensation for their harms. When you are wrongfully terminated from your job, contact Des Moines employee rights attorney Marc Humphrey for help at 515-331-3510.