After losing a job, it is only natural for someone to start replaying moments in the past at their former workplace. “Were my employers negligent in the way they handled my employment?,” you may think. “Is it possible that they even wrongfully terminated me?”
Of course it is possible, even though it may seem like an employer would know how to properly discharge someone from their position. But even though most employment agreements are considered “at will,” meaning that the employment relationship can be terminated at any time for without reason, there are still ways that an employer can make themselves liable in a wrongful termination suit.
For example, just because your employer can fire someone due to their “at will” status doesn’t mean that they have the right to discriminate against them. If discrimination was involved in the termination, then they absolutely violated your rights and would thus be susceptible to a wrongful termination lawsuit. Contract employees may also have a legitimate claim to a wrongful termination if the company fired them in a way that violates the contract.
Wrongful termination can also intersect with retaliation. Say that your employer requests that you do something illegal, and you refuse (and rightly so). Well, if you are fired because of your refusal to perform an illegal activity, then that constitutes retaliation and also wrongful termination.
There are many ways that an employer can make themselves liable in a wrongful termination case, so consult with an attorney to discuss your case and learn all the details that pertain to your situation.
Source: FindLaw, “Was I Wrongfully Discharged From My Job?,” Accessed June 22, 2016