Under the law, there are several ways that an employee can be wrongfully terminated, including:
Discrimination – you cannot be terminated or otherwise discriminated against because of your age, race, sex, religion, or disability.
Whistleblowing – it is against the law for an employer to fire or retaliate in any fashion against an employee who has provided information to legal authorities about illegal behavior in the workplace.
Defamation — If an employer has taken actions or made comments that damage an employee’s reputation, the employee can sue on defamation grounds.
Employment contract — If you have an employment contract — written, oral or implied — this limits your employer’s right to fire you. If your employer dismisses you for reasons that are not included in your employment agreement, you may have a legal claim for breach of contract.
Forced to quit?
Sometimes a wrongful termination claim is justified even if you weren’t fired but instead forced to quit your job for certain reasons. Some of these reasons could include:
- Discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or age)
- Refusal to protect you from illegal harassment
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodation for your disability
- Refusal to give you time off that you’re legally entitled to take
- Retaliation for exercising a legal right (like filing a wage complaint) or for reporting an employer’s illegal activity
- If your work environment was made so unpleasant that you could no longer do your job, your wages have been reduced, or you have suffered a demotion without cause.
If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated, let the attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. help. We will aggressively fight to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us at (918) 582-2500 or toll-free at (800) 722-8880 or complete the simple form below for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.