There are certain situations in which an employer cannot terminate you as a result of discrimination, harassment or other illegal actions. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, it is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer sooner rather than later about your rights.
You May Have a Case
Some people may simply give up and assume they have no choice but to move on with their lives.
This can be a mistake as there are certain situations where the employer may have crossed the line and violated the law.
If this is the case, you may have grounds for a case involving wrongful termination.
Many people are confused about the various aspects of wrongful termination and this is why an initial sit down with a lawyer can help you. Wrongful termination is one of the most common employment claims filed across the country.
Unfortunately, hardworking and committed employees may be fired for no good reason. While these decisions might certainly seem unfair, they do not always serve as ground for a legally actionable wrongful discharge.
The reason for this is that employment at will is a common structure for relationship between an employee and employer.
This means that an employer has the opportunity to fire an employee for any reason as long as the decision was not based on an illegal issue like retaliating against a whistleblower or discriminating against someone.
However, there are many exceptions to employment at will around the country, including when the employer terminates you for reasons involving your membership in a protected class associated with your pregnancy, gender, race discrimination, sexual orientation or religion.
These are just a few examples of reasons that could lead to an actionable cause against the employer:
- Termination due to violation of oral and written employment agreements
- Termination due to filing a complaint or claim against the employer
- Termination in violation of federal and state anti-discrimination laws
- Termination due to declining sexual advances
- Termination in in violation of labor laws
You are protected by many state and federal laws regarding your employment.
Some of these include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Since these cases can be notoriously complex, it is strongly recommended that you hire an experienced wrongful termination attorney as soon as possible after the issue has happened. This way you can present your details to the attorney while the information is still fresh in your mind and initiate someone working for your best interests from that point forward.
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