Were you terminated from your job and believe it was for unlawful reasons? If so, then you may have been wrongfully terminated. Under state and federal law, your employer is not able to fire you for an illegal reason, even if you are an employee at-will.
There are different reasons your termination may be considered a wrongful termination. These include discrimination (such as for your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.), retaliation, whistleblower, etc.
Common Wrongful Termination Cases
As stated above, there are a variety of reasons that may constitute your termination as wrongful. If your termination falls under one of these umbrellas, then you may have been wrongfully terminated:
Discrimination: Discrimination includes being terminated from your job for your gender, race, religion, age and more. For example, let’s say you are 47 years old and were preforming well at the company you have been employed at for the past 15 years but you were unexpectedly let go. Your company then immediately hired a 23 year old for your position. This may constitute as age discrimination. Similarly, if you overheard your manager making derogatory comments about you and your religion and then were fired with no reason stated, you may have been wrongfully terminated for your religion.
Retaliation: Retaliation is when an employer retaliates against an employee for participating in activates that are legally protected. If you filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discrimination and then were immediately let go of from that job, then you may have retaliation wrongful termination case. Under the law, if you are participating in an investigation for discrimination, then you cannot be fired.
Whistle-blowing: You are also protected by law if you report activities that your employer is participating in that are unlawful or could possibly harm the public. If you report that your employer is violating labor laws, such a refusing to pay minimum wage or providing paid breaks, and are terminated after immediately after reporting the violation, you may be able to file a claim for wrongful termination.
These are just a few examples of wrongful termination. If you are unsure if you have a wrongful termination case, you should consult with an employment law attorney. Compete the Free Case Evaluation on this page today!
More Information on Wrongful Termination:
If you have recently been terminated and feel that you may have lost your job for an unfair cause, you may be able to file a complaint against your former employer for wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination is more common than you'd expect. Here are some scenarios on wrongful termination in the workplace.
In addition to federal laws, many states also have wrongful termination statutes that prohibit companies from firing employees for any of the reasons set out in federal laws. Some states have taken their wrongful termination laws further and introduced more "protected classes."