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Why Is Asking How Much Your Wrongful Termination Case Is Worth The Wrong Question? (Snowflake Theory))

by | Sep 1, 2020 | Wrongful Termination |

Blog articles abound on the so-called “average” settlement value of wrongful termination cases. They go like this:

According to, the average amount of compensation awarded in settlements varies widely, but some wrongful termination cases settle for as low as $5,000 to $80,000 (or more), with …

The average wrongful termination settlement in California is between $4,000 and $90,000. Lawyers can certainly be helpful while brokering a larger settlement. The typical court or jury awards are higher, around $100,000$350,000. This is one of the reasons organizations like to settle before going to court.

California (CA) wrongful termination settlements & cases …

But, if you have a serious case, these numbers are useless. No legitimate employment case is worth a mere $4,000 or $5,000, (with the exception of smaller unpaid wage, overtime, or other Labor Code violations, for which the California Labor Commissioner could hear your case without a lawyer and save you the attorney’s fee.)

Employees who have worked for a medium to large corporation, have a demonstrated and stable job history, and suffer serious economic and/or emotional injury because of an employer’s illegal act, have wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases that can be worth $1 million, $3 million, $5 million and more. 

So, without seeing the facts of your case — i.e. who is the employer (Bank of America, or the local florist?), how long (a few months or many years?), prior work history, lost income, emotional distress, depression or anxiety present, what has happened to you as a result of being wrongfully terminated, etc. Because these cases are like snowflakes – no two are the same.

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