Did you find yourself suddenly fired from your job without any valid cause? Although most employees in the United States work “at will” or they can be fired at any time with any reason, being fired for illegal reasons cannot be done. This is known as wrongful termination and if you are fired for any of the illegal reasons found below, then you should consult with your lawyer to file a case.
• Breach Of Contract – When you are hired, you may be provided with a written or verbal contract that promises you to job security. This can be used as an argument that you are not an “at will” employee. The employer should follow the contract terms set when you were hired. You should read the contract properly and make sure that the reason you are fired is not a valid reason so that you can file for a claim. Even if it is just a verbal contract, if both parties agreed that you would only be fired if you did something wrong or if it is for a good cause but your superior fired you because he or she is making room for someone else to fill up your position, then you can file for a breach of contract claim.
There are instances when verbal or written contracts are not made explicitly but are just implied. If you can prove that your performance reviews were positive for a long time and still got fired, you can also file for a case. It is important that you find good lawyers to help build your case. You can read employment law firm reviews to help you decide on who to consult with.
• Discrimination – Being fired because of your color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability or genetic condition is illegal. There are different laws that help protect against discrimination but it is important that you talk to a lawyer the soonest possible time because some claims are time sensitive and must be filled immediately.
• Retaliation – Getting fired due to retaliation is illegal and in order for you to file a case, you have to prove that the reason for you being fired is because you did an activity that is legally protected from retaliation such as complaining about dangerous work conditions or discrimination, participating in a company investigation against harassment of another employee and many others.
• Whistleblower – A whistleblower is protected from being fired by the employer. Reporting violations done by the employer or the business such as environmental violations or safety violations would make the employee protected against wrongful termination.
• Violation of Public Policy – Being fired under this would include reasons such as exercising your right to vote, reporting illegal activities, or refusing to break the law.
The best thing to do under the circumstances above is to consult legal help. It may be possible that there are other additional legal claims that you can file against your employer if you talk to a lawyer. They would also be able to help you determine if you really have a case as well as build it up.