Getting fired can be a stressful and upsetting time in an employee’s life. But getting fired for a reason that is illegal can also give an employee a basis to bring a lawsuit to recover money.
Here are some examples of reasons an employee may be fired that would be considered wrongful termination:
- Ignoring written or implied promises – If you have a contract or some other form of statement that promises job security (such as a written statement that an employer can’t fire you without a reason) and are then fired, this can be a case of wrongful termination.
- A breach of good faith – Did your boss fire you to prevent you from receiving a large sales commission? Or, did you repeatedly receive undesirable job assignments to coerce you into quitting? This can be considered a breach of good faith.
- Public policy violations – An employer cannot fire you if you need to take time off for doing a public duty, such as serving jury duty, serving military time, or for whistleblowing practices.
- Discrimination – Employment discrimination is illegal. If you were fired because of your race, age, religion, nationality, gender, or color, speak with an attorney.
- Retaliation – Your employer cannot fire you in an act of retaliation for speaking up about wrongdoings you’ve seen in the workplace.
- Whistleblowing violations – Whistleblower laws protect all employees who report activities that are unlawful or harm the public interest.
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, contact the employment lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP today for a free evaluation of your potential legal claims.