If you believe you have been wrongfully fired, find the help you need at the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland.
You endured the grueling interview process and landed the job. You’ve been working hard and, as far as you know, have been meeting the requirements of your position, even excelling. Then, somehow, one day you’re packing the contents of your office, cubicle or desk into a small cardboard box, trying to remember if the tape dispenser belongs to you or to the company because you have been fired.
Whether you see it coming or it’s out of the blue, job loss is devastating. There are emotional, professional, and financial consequences. It feels even worse if you believe you have been wrongfully fired.
Whether or not your former employer gave you reasons for your termination, you need to know what the law says about your rights as an employee. Employment laws do vary from state to state, but here are 4 general signs that you were the victim of wrongful termination.
Your Termination Might Have Been Illegal If…
- Your contract indicates termination must be “for cause” only. In most states, termination is “at will,” meaning that employers don’t need to have a reason to terminate an employee, provided that the reason for termination is not illegal (see below). However, if your company’s employment contract or policy indicates that termination must be “for cause,” such as willful misconduct, continued failure to perform job duties, or disclosing company secrets, your employer may be legally obliged to provide a specific and valid reason for your termination. An attorney who knows your state’s employment laws can help you determine the enforceability of such a contract to determine if you were wrongfully fired from a job.
- You were discussing workplace or labor issues with colleagues. The National Labor Relations Act protects employees from termination for engaging in “protected concerted activity.” That is, employees have the protected right to discuss issues such as ways to improve wages and working conditions. This is protected under federal law whether or not you are a member of a union.
- Your termination was retaliation. Employment law protects employees who report criminal activity or illegal conduct. If you reported illegal activity in the workplace and were fired as a result, you might have a claim for wrongful termination. Furthermore, if you filed a workers’ compensation claim and were fired as a result, you may also have a claim.
- You have been discriminated against. Employment discrimination, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), refers to situations in which employees are treated unfairly because of their race, sex, age, religion, national origin, pregnancy, race/color, physical or health problems, or genetic information, or as retaliation for reporting discrimination. It is illegal to fire an employee for such reasons. Wrongful termination for discrimination can lead to a private lawsuit or a charge by the EEOC.
Wrongfully Fired, Can I Sue?
If you believe you were wrongfully fired, consult an experienced employment attorney in your state immediately. A wrongful termination case can be complicated, requiring particular paperwork, documentation, and a schedule of deadlines which must be met for a claim to be filed properly and successfully. An attorney with expertise and experience in employment law can walk you through the process and ensure your case is handled properly.
The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland have the expertise and experience you need to handle your case. TMH Law knows the law and has a strong track record of success. If you or someone you love is the victim of wrongful termination, call TMH Law for counsel today at 215-592-8080.
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