I won my unemployment appeal. Can I now sue my former employer for wrongful termination, punitive damages and humiliation?

Asked over 1 year ago - Willingboro, NJ

I was terminated for something I did not do and I was penalized for 8 weeks from unemployment. I appealed the penalty and it took 8 months to finally get my hearing. It was supposed to be continued because the appeal tribunal ordered my employer to send me a copy of the supposed video taped evidence (which I never received nor did unemployment). Two weeks later I find out that the person who had me terminated was fired. And a month later I got a letter from unemployment stating that the employer had no grounds to terminate me. I have been under a lot of stress and went through a great deal of humiliation because I was labeled a thief and it was proven that I wasn't. Can I sue my former employer for punitive damages, stress, humiliation???

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  1. Allan E Richardson

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . The easy answer is that anyone with $200 for the filing fee can start a lawsuit. The harder question is whether it is worth the while of an attorney to take your case. From your brief description, it does not appear that you have a case. If you feel strongly enough, invest in a consultation with an experienced employment lawyer. Good luck.

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  2. Yolanda Navarrete

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Your case was determined under eligibility to collect unemployment benefits. Employers may fire an employee at will except for discrimination under the protected class. You may want to review the details of your case with an employment attorney if you believe there may have been discrimination in your case.

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  3. Fredrick P Niemann


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . Your case is an absolute loser.

    Advice provided is general in nature and should not be relied upon without retaining qualified and experienced... more

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