Regardless of what industry you are in, there are certain laws and regulations that employers must follow when firing an employee. If you have been fired from your job, it is important to make sure that your employer adhered to all of these requirements. Otherwise, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them for wrongful termination. Here are some examples of situations that may warrant a closer look:
- Were you fired based on your race, gender, age, sexual preference, or religion? Discrimination is never grounds for firing. If an employer does discriminate against an employee and fires them as a result of any of these factors, they can be held liable in court.
- Did your employer ask you to do something illegal and fire you when you refused to do it? Employers cannot ask their employees to perform any illegal activities on their behalf. As an employee, you have the right to refuse to do anything that is against the law. If you are fired for this refusal, you can take your employer to court.
- Did the employer clearly violate a rule that they themselves established in the employee handbook? In some cases, this may also qualify as wrongful termination. Of course, you will need a lawyer to evaluate the situation to make sure that you actually have a case.
- Did your employer fire you after you were injured on the job and filed a workers’ compensation claim? This practice is against the law, although it is much more common than you might suspect. If you find yourself in this situation, you should definitely contact a lawyer to help you determine your best course of action.
The laws surrounding wrongful termination are there to protect and empower employees. It is important to hold employers accountable for their actions. They can’t just fire people on a whim. Instead, there needs to be a legitimate reason for the firing that falls within the confines of the current laws and regulations. If they fail to follow the law, they need to be called out on it. Otherwise, they will continue to abuse or mistreat their employees in the future.
Although it can be scary to file a lawsuit against a former employer, taking a stand against unjust actions is important. By doing so, you can not only ensure that your rights are protected but can also help protect the rights of other employees at the company.