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When evaluating the economic damages in wrongful termination litigation, the central question being addressed consists of two components:
1. What is the likely compensation (including benefits) that the plaintiff would have earned but for the alleged wrongful termination;
2. What is the likely compensation (including benefits) that the plaintiff can be expected to earn from alternate employment given the alleged wrongful termination.
The amount of damages is equal to the difference between the two compensation streams. The task at hand, then, is to appropriately calculate the two