Wrongful Termination Attorney Referral Service
What is Wrongful Termination?
A wrongful termination occurs when an employee is discharged from his or her employment for reasons that are illegal, or if the company’s policy is violated when that employee has been fired.
Examples of wrongful termination include:
- Being fired because of discriminatory reasons
- An employee firing that violates public policy
- An employee firing that violates company policy guidelines for employee termination
- Being fired as retaliation for being a whistleblower or complaining about something
- Being fired for not committing an illegal act when asked to by a supervisor
- Being fired for taking time off for having a long-term illness or because a child was ill
- A firing that occurred despite contractual provisions to the contrary
Some elaborations on the examples above can be found below.
An employer may not fire any employee for a discriminatory reason, whether contracted or “at-will” (which is an employee may be fired at any time for any or no reason). If your employer fires you because of your race, color, national origin, pregnancy, disability, religious beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, you have been fired for an illegal reason and thus wrongfully terminated.
For a termination to violate public policy, usually your employer must violate a state or federal law that has specified employment-related actions which violate public policy. These include things such as firing an employee for taking time off work to serve on a jury, to vote, or to serve in the military or National Guard. Additionally, if an employer fires an employee for whistleblowing or notifying authorities about illegal activity occurring within the company, this is wrongful termination.
Why should you hire a Wrongful Termination Attorney?
Employment law is complex, and wrongful termination law is even more complicated. Because each type of wrongful termination has specific things that must be proven in order to have a valid claim, it is important to hire a wrongful termination attorney who has experience in the wrongful termination you have experienced.
For example, a wrongful termination attorney with experience in whistleblower retaliation will know the ins and outs of the law surrounding that area including recent judicial decisions, state or federal laws, and other guidelines that may apply. Your attorney will be able to advise you on how best to proceed with your lawsuit against your employer, and he or she will be sure to work tirelessly to secure a favorable outcome for your case.
Even if you are unsure whether you were wrongfully terminated, discussing the specifics of your case with a qualified lawyer will show whether you have a legitimate claim or not. Hiring a wrongful termination attorney may mean the difference between justice for you and your suffering because you have lost your way of earning a living.
What if I was Wrongfully Terminated?
If you were wrongfully terminated, you should keep records of anything that was said to you by your employer. This includes emails, text messages, and any other form of communication. Write down phone conversations or verbal conversations you had with your employer right away as those may be needed in the future. Additionally, write down anything relevant that may have happened before the termination, as there are usually events that occurred which contributed or are important to your case.
The next thing you should do is seek out a qualified, competent attorney, preferably one with experience in your area of wrongful termination. Your attorney can help evaluate your claim and will identify important details that you may not have found important or thought would be relevant. Your attorney will also appreciate the thoughtful, careful records you kept regarding events that occurred before and during the wrongful termination. Call us at 818-340-4529.