Most employees are reluctant to make waves specifically because of the fear of backlash. Some employers take advantage of this, keeping workers under their thumb with threats and following through to retaliate against those who do cry foul.
Wrongful termination is a general term that is used for any illegal termination. Many terminations may be morally or ethically wrong but not illegal. You should have a board certified employment lawyer review your case to see if your wrongful termination was in illegal termination.
Common Types of Wrongful Termination
Wrongful termination, unfortunately, occurs more frequently in the workplace than many would like to think. Here are some common types of illegal termination.
- Race Discrimination: All employees should be treated fairly at work, regardless of their race. If you believe that you were fired solely on your race, you may have a wrongful termination lawsuit on your hands. In order to have a successful claim for wrongful termination based on race, you must have sufficient proof. For instance, if your boss made offensive comments about your race before your termination, you should inform your lawyer.
- Age Discrimination: The Age Discrimination in Employment protects workers 40 and over from wrongful termination based on age. However, that doesn’t stop all employers from attempting to fire workers due to their age. They may believe they can get younger workers for cheaper and get rid of their older employees.
- Retaliation Over Workers’ Compensation Claim: If you get injured in the workplace, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Unfortunately, however, some employers become angry when their workers file for workers’ comp and retaliate against them. If your boss fired you after you filed for workers’ compensation, you should speak to a lawyer.
- Whistleblower Retaliation: If you reported your company for illegal or unsafe practices and were immediately fired, you may be the victim of wrongful termination. The Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits employers from firing employers for reporting unlawful behavior.
- Reporting Sexual Harassment: While no employee should ever have to put up with sexual harassment, it still occurs in the workplace. If you complained about being sexually harassed and were fired afterwards, you should consult a lawyer.
- Pregnancy Discrimination: Employers are also prohibited from terminating employees for getting pregnant. However, some still try to get rid of pregnant workers because they believe they won’t be able to perform their work duties anymore. If you lost your job after informing your employer of your pregnancy, seek legal counsel.
What to Do If You Were Wrongfully Terminated
If you were wrongfully terminated, you likely feel shocked and upset. However, you don’t have to stand for this. You can file a wrongful termination lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can help you file this lawsuit in a timely manner and protect your legal rights.
If you’re the victim of wrongful termination, you should schedule a consultation with a reputable lawyer today. Call to connect with Roger Davie P.C.