It is illegal for employers to take adverse actions or retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activities like reporting harassment, discrimination or illegal activities. Therefore, you can sue your employer for such conduct if it causes you losses or harm.
While it all comes down to the specifics of your case, below are the potential damages you can recover with a lawsuit against your employer.
Lost wages and benefits
If you were wrongfully terminated or faced demotion or pay cuts as a result of retaliation, you can seek reimbursement for the income you would have earned during that time. You can also recover any bonuses, commissions or other benefits you may have been entitled to receive in addition to the usual wages.
Emotional distress and mental anguish
Workplace retaliation often takes a toll on an individual’s emotional well-being. You may endure stress, anxiety and mental anguish due to your employer’s actions. You can seek damages for the psychological impact and emotional distress you have experienced as a direct result of the retaliation.
In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the employer for their retaliatory actions and deter similar conduct in the future. These damages are only available in some cases and go beyond compensating you. They are intended to discourage retaliatory actions against employees by punishing the employers right in the wallet.
You do not have to put up with workplace retaliation out of fear that you will lose your job or burn bridges with your boss. None of that is worth more than your mental and physical health. Furthermore, the law protects you from any unlawful actions by your employer, and it is essential to take the necessary action. Learning more about your rights and legal options can help protect your interests.