Being terminated from your job unexpectedly is a terrible thing to go through. Not only will you be feeling shocked and upset that this happened so suddenly, but you’ll also likely be wondering why exactly you were fired. If you are employed at-will, your employer will not have had to give a specific reason, however, if they fired you for a wrongful reason, this is an example of wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination can take many different forms. It could be the case that you were discriminated against or retaliated against. Regardless of the form of wrongful termination you have become victim to, you should consider taking legal action, because you may be entitled to significant damages and back pay for the wages you lost. The following is an overview of what you should consider if you believe you may have been a victim of wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination due to discrimination
Being fired due to any discriminatory reason is unlawful and is, therefore, an instance of wrongful termination. For example, if your employer learns about the religion that you practice and soon after takes action to fire you, you may believe that your religion was the reason for your firing. In this case, you will need to take legal action and prove that discrimination was the cause of the firing.
Wrongful termination due to retaliation
Often workers are fired for a retaliatory reason. For example, if a worker rejected their employer after they made sexual advances and their employer fired them as a result, this would be an instance of wrongful termination and sexual harassment. Retaliation can also occur if an employer is fired for reporting their company to a government board because of illegal activity.
It’s important that you take action to assert your legal rights if you believe that you have been fired wrongfully. Taking early action will give you the time you need to prepare your case and will give you the best possible chance of a successful result.