Just as you're free to quit most jobs whenever you wish to do so, most employers have the right to terminate your employment at any time. However, while they might enjoy broad latitude in their own hiring and employment decisions, employers do not have the right to violate the rights of their employees. If you've been fired in a situation protected by federal or state law, you may be able to file a wrongful termination claim.
Some of the more common violations of employment law include termination based on:
- Discrimination: It's against federal law to discriminate against anyone based on their age, marital status, race, national origin, or disability. Depending on the laws of your state, local statutes may extend this protection to cover more situations, so speak with a lawyer if you suspect your termination was due to discrimination of any kind.
- Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment from superiors is often accompanied by the threat of termination should the victim refuse to accommodate the harasser’s advances.
- Violation of Contractual Terms: When employees sign a contract, they have the right to assume the employer will abide by the terms of the agreement. Many contracts require employers to provide grounds for termination, go through a pre-established process, and provide certain severance benefits unless company policy is violated.
- Violation of Labor Laws: Depending on the laws of your state and the specific rules of your workplace, employers may not be able to fire unionized employees without going through the proper review process.
- Retaliation: Employees who have filed a workers' compensation claim, harassment suit, or other action against their employers are protected from retaliation. In fact, efforts to force you to quit may also provide grounds for a suit—even if you weren't directly terminated.
Whether you've been wrongfully terminated or denied the compensation package you deserve, Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law of Lexington, KY, has the employment law expertise you need. Visit the website now to see a full list of their legal services, or call (859) 252-0020 to discuss your case today.