What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated
Being fired is one of the worst experiences, and even more so if you believe you were wrongfully terminated. Most states are at-will, meaning employees can be fired at any time for any reason as long as that reason does not violate the law. Here are some examples of unlawful termination. You can not be fired:
- Because of your gender, religion or race
- Because you were called to jury duty or active military service
- Because you’re pregnant or disabled
- Because you took time off to vote in local, state or federal election
- For whistleblowing
- Because of your age
- In retaliation for filing a sexual harassment, OSHA or discrimination complaint
Unfortunately, in many states it is still perfectly legal to fire someone because they are gay, so if this has happened to you, you may have little recourse. These laws are slowly changing though as discrimination against sexual orientation becomes less and less acceptable.
If you think you have a solid wrongful termination case, contact a local unlawful termination attorney. Make sure you have plenty of documentation to support your allegations. Winning will not necessarily get you your job back but it can prevent the same thing from happening to others.