Sometimes, You Get Fired Illegally
All too often employers ask employees to do something that is against the law. Some employees are punished or fired when they (1) refuse, or (2) report the illegal conduct. This is illegal.
How Employers Commit Wrongful Termination
There are three common reasons you may have a cause of action for wrongful termination:
- Retaliation. State and federal laws protect people who report or refuse to engage in illegal activity, such as “working off the clock,” drunk driving, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and discriminatory practices, at their workplace. Such laws are known as “whistleblower protections.” Employers are prohibited from retaliating against whistleblowers from coming forward by firing, demoting or otherwise “punishing” them.
- Discrimination. It is also against the law to fire an employee because of his or her race, sex, skin color, national origin, religion, disability status, pregnancy or age.
- Employment contract. Though most employees are “at-will” workers, in some professions it is common to work out an employment contract with your employer. A job termination that violates the contract may be a form of wrongful termination.
As a dedicated, experienced employment law attorneys, we will fight for you after a wrongful termination. We will make sure our representation works toward your goals, whether that is financial compensation, getting your job back, or another resolution.
Talk To A Lawyer About Your Case
If you believe you have been or are being punished because you refused to engage conduct you think may be illegal or because you have reported the conduct, call 816-298-0411 or email our firm through this website.