You didn’t see it coming. Your supervisor was known throughout the company for his boorish behavior and sexist comments. After the latest episode, you felt you had no choice but to report his behavior and ask to be re-assigned to a different department.
When you learned that you had been fired, it came as a shock. How could the company continue to defend your boss and his behavior? Your friends are urging you to sue the company.
What should you do?
Hopefully, this hasn’t happened to you, but if it has, you should seriously consider contacting a personal injury lawyer who specializes in employment litigation. These are attorneys who understand employment laws that companies must abide by, including laws such as the:
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Civil Rights Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- National Labor Relations Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Act; and others.
When a supervisor steps over the line and you end up losing your job, an employment law/personal injury attorney can research your case, advise you on your rights and tell you whether you have grounds to file a “wrongful termination” lawsuit against your former employer.
Most employment today is “at will,” which means that an employee can be terminated at any time and for just about any reason or for no reason at all – unless the reason is illegal.
What are examples of illegal reasons for being fired?
Retaliation. A company cannot retaliate against employees who have engaged in certain legally protected activities. If you formally complained to your employer about harassment and that action prompted your employer to reprimand or fire you, you likely have a case against your former employer.
Discrimination. If you were fired because of your race, gender, religion, age, disability, pregnancy or genetic information, you likely have the basis for a wrongful termination suit.
Violations of Public Policy. In most states, you cannot be fired for reasons that our society deems illegal, such as: taking time off to serve on a jury, taking time off to vote, serving in the National Guard, etc.
Fraud. This occurs when an employer makes a false representation (often during the recruiting process) or where you can prove that the employee intentionally deceived you.
Defamation. This happens when an employer makes false and/or malicious statements about you that harms your chances of finding future employment.
Wrongful termination can be difficult to prove, but an experienced lawyer can help you figure out if you have a claim. Contact an employment litigation lawyer at a firm like Cohen & Cohen Attorneys for more information.