Being terminated from a job can be a deeply stressful and traumatic event. Being let go in violation of workplace protections only makes it worse. As an employee, you have rights. If you believe you’ve been terminated from your job for improper reasons, you should consult an experienced employment attorney. The attorneys at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP are here to advise you on your case and help you determine whether you have a basis to bring a wrongful termination claim.
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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
Many people incorrectly think that “at-will” employment means that an employer may terminate an employee at any time without reason. While that is mostly true, even “at-will” employees are protected from being fired for discriminatory reasons. Employers must still comply with applicable anti-discrimination laws in deciding to terminate employees.
Federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from terminating employees on the basis of, among other things:
- National origin
Employers are likewise prohibited from terminating employees in retaliation for speaking out against discriminatory practices or refusing to take part in illegal acts demanded by their employers.
Not all wrongful termination claims are related to discrimination. Employees who are employed under contracts, rather than “at-will,” may be entitled to bring a wrongful termination claim if they are fired before the expiration of the contract. Furthermore, an employee cannot be terminated for taking time off under a law that gives him or her a legal right to that time off, such as under a family leave law.
Bringing a Claim for Wrongful Termination
In most cases, claims for wrongful termination must first be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the equivalent state employment agency. You are entitled to the assistance of a lawyer at this stage, and it is advisable you work with an experienced employment attorney in filing your claim. If the EEOC determines that you can pursue your wrongful termination claim, it will issue you a “right to sue” letter, which allows you to bring a lawsuit against your employer in federal court.
A variety of damages might be available to you if it is determined that you were wrongfully terminated from your employment. Possible damages may include back pay, reinstatement, promotion, front pay, other compensatory damages, injunctive relief, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Why You Should Hire an Experienced Employment Attorney
While many people who are fired from a job can’t help but feel that the termination was “wrongful,” only very specific circumstances qualify as wrongful termination under the law. The requirements for bringing a wrongful termination claim can be confusing, and are not something you should attempt to sort through on your own, especially while also dealing with the hardship that comes with the loss of employment.
At McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP our team of talented lawyers is dedicated to obtaining maximum recovery for employees who have suffered wrongful termination. With over twenty-five years experience handling employment cases, we are here to fight for you and get you fair compensation for your injuries. We will guide you through the ins and outs of bringing a wrongful termination claim, and help you obtain maximum recovery.
If you believe you or a loved one has been wrongfully terminated, take the first step in protecting your rights and contact us today for a free consultation.