Glossary of Human Resources Management and Employee Benefit Terms
Front pay is compensatory damages paid out to plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases. Front pay is similar to back pay, where court-ordered damages include the compensation an employee would have earned without the illegal discriminatory event. Front pay covers a different period of time: the time between the plaintiff bringing the employment discrimination case and the court’s decision. The end goal is to make the plaintiff whole and restore as much as possible of what was lost to discrimination.