Were you fired or wrongfully terminated? Here's what you need to know about wrongful termination, your rights, and hiring a wrongful termination attorney.
What is wrongful termination?
Wrongful termination is when an employer fires someone for an illegal reason. There are a number of reasons that could be considered illegal, including discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, and more.
What is the difference between wrongful termination and firing?
Firing is when an employee is let go for any reason. Wrongful termination is when an employee is let go for an illegal reason. For example, if you're fired because you're a woman, that would be a wrongful termination. If you're fired because you didn't do your job, that's just firing.
Can you sue when you are wrongfully terminated?
You may be able to sue your employer if you've been wrongfully terminated. This is typically a civil lawsuit, rather than a criminal one. You will likely need to prove that your employer illegally fired you, which can be difficult to do. If you're successful, you may be able to recover damages from your employer.
What is a wrongful termination attorney?
A wrongful termination attorney is a lawyer who specializes in handling cases of wrongful termination. If you believe you've been wrongfully terminated, you may want to contact a wrongful termination attorney to discuss your case. The attorney will be able to tell you if you have a strong case and help you navigate the legal process.
What are the consequences of wrongful termination?
The consequences of wrongful termination can be significant. If you've been wrongfully terminated, you may be able to sue your employer and recover damages. You may also be able to get your job back if you want it.
What are some common wrongful termination claims?
Some common wrongful termination claims include:
- Discrimination. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age. They are also required to protect you from harassment based on any of these protected characteristics from your coworkers and supervisors.
- Retaliation. Employers are not allowed to retaliate against employees who complain about discrimination or harassment. They are also not allowed to retaliate against employees who cooperate with an investigation into discrimination or harassment.
- Breach of contract. If you have an employment contract, your employer may be required to follow the terms of that contract. For example, if your contract says you can only be fired with cause, then your employer must have a valid reason for firing you. If they don't, you may be able to sue them for breach of contract.
- Harassment. Employers are required to maintain a workplace that is free from harassment. If you were harassed by your employer or a coworker, you may be able to sue them for creating a hostile work environment.
Wrongful termination is a serious issue that can have a major impact on your life. If you believe you've been wrongfully terminated, you should contact a wrongful termination attorney, such as Willis Spangler Starling, to discuss your case.