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In this paper we empirically establish the expected joblessness duration period for a plaintiff’s population cohort in a wrongful termination lawsuit; we also calculated the estimated duration period’s associated standard error. To illustrate the procedure we discuss a hypothetical case study and use uncensored data on joblessness duration from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Displaced Workers Survey.
This process enables us structure a hypothesis test examining whether the plaintiff’s period of joblessness is statistically significantly different from the predicted test statistic in a manner consistent with case law. Succinctly, we are able to empirically assess the soundness of the duration of a plaintiff’s job search and thereby enhance the robustness of present-day approaches.