Did my employer wrongfully terminate me?
Suddenly losing your job because of questionable reasoning can often cause employees to feel like they are the victim of wrongful termination. Despite how you may feel about why you lost your job, not all situations are wrongful termination.
The government offers a lot of protection for your rights, including the reason why an employer cannot fire you. Knowing more about termination rights can help you decide if you need to see an attorney for wrongful termination.
What is “at-will” employment?
The majority of jobs are an “at-will” position, which means that the employer has the right to fire an employee for any or no reason, with some restrictions. While there are positions that have clauses in their employment contracts that prohibit at-will terminations, it is far more likely that you are in an at-will role at your job. While an employer can fire at-will employees for no reason, there are some limitations on this.
What are the restrictions?
While your employer does not need a reason to let you go, there are reasons that they cannot fire you. The first is because of discrimination. Your employer cannot fire you because of your race, gender, a nation of origin, sexual preference, age, disability, color, or sex.
Secondly, your employer also cannot fire you because of retaliation. You cannot lose your job for things like being a whistleblower for reporting illegal practices or unsafe work conditions, reporting discrimination or harassment in the workplace, filing, or being a witness to a complaint.
What can I do?
If you suspect that you suffered wrongful termination, contact an experienced employee rights attorney. They can help you file a claim to seek justice for your employer infringing your rights. No one should worry about protecting their rights as an employee, but do not be afraid to do so when necessary.