Nothing feels worse than being fired, especially if you feel like you have done nothing to deserve it. In some cases, employers fire employees illegally. These are cases of wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination means the reason your employer fired you is against the law. Some of the most common reasons for wrongful termination include:
- Contract stipulations: While some employers have a right to fire employees at any time, an employment contract can prevent an employer from doing so. Sometimes, employment contracts provide stipulations as to why an employer may fire the employee. If those stipulations were not met, you might have a claim for wrongful termination.
- Retaliation against whistleblowers: If you exposed illegal activity in your company, it can make it harder for your employer to fire you. Federal and state laws protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation. Besides termination, other forms of retaliation might include harassment, hostile work environment or denial of raises and promotions.
- Discrimination: If your employer terminated you based on your race, color, age, sex, ethnicity, national origin, disability or religion, you are likely the victim of wrongful termination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on any of the previous factors.
You are likely feeling extremely anxious about the future if you are out of a job. An experienced employment law attorney can help you during this time. If you believe you are a victim of an unlawful termination, consult with an experienced employment law attorney today.