Damages Recoverable For Employment Claims
The general categories of damages available in employment cases are specified by statute or common law (court decisions), depending on the type of employment claim.
Typically, the types of statutory and common law employment damages that can be awarded include monetary damages (economic loss such as back pay, front pay, and benefits), compensatory and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages can include payment for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and harm to reputation.
Several Types Of Damages Available
Depending on the type of claim, other remedies include liquidated damages, injunctive relief and affirmative relief (such as reinstatement, accommodations. or retroactive seniority).
Some statutes provide for the award of attorney fees, and attorney fees may also be available when punitive damages are awarded. It is important to note that statutory and common law limitations on damages can substantially reduce the amount of damages that can be awarded.