Wrongful termination is a legal term for when an employer terminates an employee unjustly. Though most employment contracts are what as known as “at will,” meaning that an employer is able to fire an employee or let them go for any reason, that does not mean that they are allowed to act illegally. It is illegal to fire somebody based on their race, their religion, their gender, or for any other reason that is discriminatory.
It is also illegal to fire somebody because they refuse to commit an illegal act or in retaliation. Employers are also legally obligated to abide by the procedures that are spelled out in their own employee handbooks if they have them. In any case where an employee feels that their termination has fallen into one of these categories they may be entitled to file a claim for a wrongful termination, and if the employer is found guilty then they are required to compensate the employee for the wrong that has been done to them.
If you have been terminated by your employer and you suspect that the reason for your firing was illegal then you may be eligible to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against them. James Kennedy is an experienced wrongful termination attorney who can tell you what your rights are and represent you in your action against your attorney. Call today to set up an appointment to discuss the specifics of your case.
When an employer fires an employee wrongfully, it is often a violation of a federal law – in other words, though an employer can fire you for reasons that you feel are unfair, that does not make it wrongful. Examples of wrongful termination that break federal laws include violating a federal discrimination provision, firing somebody in violation of a person’s constitutional rights such as an infringement of their right to their religion or to free speech, firing somebody in violation of a voting leave law or for participating in their obligation to serve as a member of a jury. Other wrongful terminations are those that are not in keeping with the terms and conditions that are spelled out in an employer’s handbook or the employee’s employment contract.
When you file a wrongful termination lawsuit there are a number of different damages that you may be entitled to, including back pay, the cost of any benefits that you would have received, damages for emotional distress, pain or suffering, and punitive damages. If you had a contract for a specific period of time and your employer fired you wrongfully before the contract was completed you may be able to receive the outstanding amount that would have been due under your contract. You also may be able to recover court and legal fees. As an experienced wrongful termination attorney, James Kennedy will be able to advise you as to all of your legal rights and the compensation that you may be entitled to.