When you get fired from your job it can be tragic. You now have to find a whole new source of income and you did not have any notice ahead of time. You feel that you have been wrongfully terminated. You were fired for something not related to the way you do your job or your work ethic. You may have a case for wrongful termination and not even know it. It’s essential to know how to recognize if you are wrongfully terminated. In this situation, it is also important to hire a wrongful termination attorney.
How to Recognize it
Before making a claim for wrongful termination, it’s essential to know how to recognize if you were wrongfully terminated or if the employer had a right to fire you. The first and most common way to recognize this is if you’ve been subject to discrimination. This is if you are fired based of-of color, race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, or age (if you’re over 40). The law also protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For example, if you mention that you are gay and have pride stickers in your cubicle and your boss fires you the next day, then you may have grounds for wrongful termination suit. Another way to recognize if you were wrongfully terminated is a violation of public policy. This is getting fired for doing something that most reasonable people would find morally wrong.
This would include things such as refusing to commit an illegal act, exercising your legal rights, or reporting the wrongdoing of the company. Examples of this would be refusing to forge documents or exercising your right to vote. Another way to recognize if you have a suit for wrongful termination is retaliation. This is when you are fired for things such as complaining about wages or hours, harassment in the workplace, complaining of workplace safety, or complaining of illegal behavior going on in the firm.
Why should you talk to a lawyer
There are many signs that you may or may not have noticed which would be the grounds for hiring a lawyer in your wrongful termination suit. If you are given a waiver to sign as a condition of getting severance or better severance, then this can forfeit your right to sue the company. If you recently revealed a protected characteristic and got fired soon after, then you should talk to a lawyer. An example of this would be revealing you have a disability or you celebrate a certain holiday (which ties to the protected right of religion). You may want to talk to a lawyer if there were statements or actions made that suggest that you were fired for discriminatory reasons. An example of this would be a boss firing you and saying it was because you wore a hijab.
A lawyer may be necessary if you tried to file a complaint of harassment or discrimination to the Human Resource department and you ultimately got fired because of it. Another example where you may need a lawyer is if you are being fired has changed the demographics of the workplace. For instance, you were the only woman in your department.
Getting fired for your job can be overwhelming. Sometimes it isn’t fair at all. Your employer took advantage of you. If you’re fired, it shouldn’t be on the basis of discrimination, violating public policy, or in retaliation. When dealing with this subject matter, you want someone who is experienced. Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles has years of experience and will fight for your rights. Contact them for a free initial consultation at 310-527-6994 or fill out this contact form.