FSS used a generally accepted methodology to calculate lost earnings based on the total compensation the plaintiff could have earned but for her termination.
SITUATION: A former city employee claimed she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for raising concerns of health and safety issues and questionable financial management practices in her department. FSS was hired to compute a reasonable and reliable estimate of lost earnings and to testify to our findings of economic loss in state court.
STRATEGY: FSS used a generally accepted methodology for calculating lost earnings based on the total compensation the plaintiffs could have earned but for their termination. Total compensation was determined to include wages, employer paid fringe benefits and employer funded retirement benefits. FSS provided expert testimony regarding the calculation of lost earnings.
RESULTS: The plaintiff’s case was bolstered by FSS’ calculation of lost earnings that were presented to the jury. The jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs – the plaintiffs were awarded the amount computed and testified to by the FSS team — more than $4 million.