When Is Termination Wrongful?
As attorneys experienced in litigating claims of wrongful termination or abusive discharge, our firm can provide advice and legal representation if you have been fired or laid off and you think the decision was unlawful. There are several categories of illegal or “wrongful” reasons for termination:
- Firing as a form of discrimination (based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.)
- Termination in retaliation for an employee lodging a claim, complaint or asserting a legal right, e.g., related to wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), benefits for workers’ compensation, absences under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), etc.
- Violation of an employment contract
- Firing that violates labor laws or union rules
- Termination as an end result of sexual harassment
- Discharge in violation of a clear mandate of public policy
You have the right to dispute your firing, whether you work for the government or in private industry. It is instructive to remember that in most situations in which an employee is being terminated, the employer has the benefit of legal advice and Human Resources Department procedures that have been designed to provide legal protection to the employer. You have a right to counsel, too. Our experienced employment law attorneys can discuss what happened to you and whether you can pursue legal recourse. Some outcomes may be getting a job back; sometimes, a suitable severance agreement can be negotiated. There may be monetary compensation, penalties or back pay. No lawyer can promise any particular outcome; however, we always promise to give you one-to-one attention. Losing a job is stressful and emotional, but you can count on my support and encouragement.