REMEDIES FOR UNFAIR PRACTICES; REINSTATEMENT; BACKPAY BENEFITS – Back Pay; Interest
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1201.03000 – Back Pay; Interest
Employee pursued mitigating employment with sufficient diligence, where pursuing a Master’s degree was not unreasonable, and employee actively sought other jobs from the date of her termination, even while also pursuing her studies. An employee who enrolls in a course of training or avails herself of other educational opportunities during the back pay period may nevertheless be entitled to back pay to the extent that the employee seeks to combine school with job hunting, or reasonably decides that gaining education and changing careers is the best path toward gainful employment.