When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.
Employers must follow all state and federal employment laws at all times. These laws encompass terminating an employee as well, and companies must comply with these rules. If you have recently been fired from your job and you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated, the best thing that you can do is hire an experienced employment attorney to represent you. The key is to understand what is considered being wrongfully terminated. Some of the things that fall under the umbrella of wrongful termination from a job include:
Retaliation by Your Supervisor
Termination due to retaliation by a boss or supervisor is against the law. For example, if you saw your supervisor doing something that is against the law or against company policy and you reported the transgression, you can't legally be fired for doing so. Likewise, if you are injured at work and choose to file a valid worker's compensation insurance claim, your employer can't choose to fire you. Retaliation in the workplace is taken very seriously-- if you find yourself in this type of situation, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible after being fired from your place of employment.
Discrimination in the workplace is also against the law, and no employee should be fired due to discrimination. You are legally protected from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, or immigration status. If you are a woman, your employer can't fire you if you become pregnant or elect to take unpaid maternity leave if you legally qualify to take leave. Many states also have laws in place that make it illegal for an employer to discriminate based on an employee's sexual orientation. If you have been terminated from your job due to discrimination, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer.
Attempting to Improve Working Conditions or Wages
Employees are legally protected when making an effort to work with their co-workers to improve their working conditions or negotiate better wages. This applies to those employees who are in unions as well as those who are not. An employer can't make the decision to fire an employee simply because he or she was attempting to discuss workplace issues or pay with his or her co-workers. However, it is important to note that your job is not protected if you have simply been complaining or talking bad about your employer-- in order for wrongful termination to be valid, you must be attempting to make changes.Share