Wrongful Termination: Not All Firings are Illegal
Wrongful termination or just bad management?
Not every termination of a person’s employment is "wrongful" in the legal sense. Most employees are employed “at will”, which means that the employer can end the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, or for no reason.
What your employer can’t do is fire you for an illegal reason. There are many illegal reasons for terminating an employee’s employment. Here are a few of the most common.
No one should be able to take your job away from you just because of your race, sex, age, or because of your sexual orientation. That’s illegal.
When an employer fires someone for these reasons he calls it a "reduction in force" or "slowdown in business" or because of "performance issues." The truth is, you may have just been wrongfully terminated.
Something happened to you (or someone else) at work that you know is illegal and you told your boss about it. Now your boss is retaliating against you by making your job more difficult, or spreading rumors about you. Maybe he even fired you.
There are strict laws against retaliation in the workplace. Don’t let your employer get away with retaliating against you.
Just because you've been injured, or have an illness, or are pregnant doesn't mean you can't work. Furthermore, during your disability, your employer may have an obligation to provide you with a modification of your job or workspace so that you can do your job.
The rules regarding disability discrimination are complex. When you contact us, you can be assured we will discuss your particular situation in a caring and confidential manner.
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