Damages are the monetary amounts the court requires one party to pay another for breaching an agreement or contract. The specific amount of damages one can receive depends on the claim, and the main purpose for awarding those damages is to ensure the individual is put in the same economic condition he or she was in before the legal matter in question. Examples of damages a person can receive include front pay, back pay, lost benefits, reinstatement, punitive and compensatory. Damages are also meant to include the financial as well as the emotional losses the individual suffered before bringing the case before the court.
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