Are punitive damages available in wrongful firing cases?

Posted By on Aug 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Yes, punitve damages are available in wrongful firing/termination cases. Punitive Damages are rare and hard to obtain in an Oklahoma jury trial. By design, they are to punish a wrong doer after a Judge & Jury have already found improper, intentional and/or grossly reckless behavior that injured a plaintiff. Once an employer is found responsible for wrongful firing or termination, the trial judge then determines if the bad behavior meets the standard necessary for the jury to even consider awarding punitive. Punitive damages are intended, once intentional bad acts or bad acts done with gross recklessness are found, to award money damages specifically to punish the wrongdoer so as to set an example for others such that the wrongful acts are discouraged in the future. Oklahoma law sets limits on the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded, no matter the circumstances or facts of the case and wrong committed.

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