If your employer let you go in violation of federal, state or local employee protection laws, you may have grounds for filing a legal claim.
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If you're like most people, your career plays a major role in how you define yourself. Losing your job due to unlawful actions on the part of your employer, the impact on your emotional and mental well-being could be even more profound.
Losing your job can crush your self-confidence, shatter your ability to support your family while leaving you frustrated and angry at the injustice of it all.
It is not unusual to see victims of an unlawful discharge to suffer from great emotional distress, understandably. Wrongful termination laws exist, however, which do offer a number of employee protections... You don't have to stand for it.
A wrongful termination lawsuit can help you recover financial compensation after unlawful dismissal from your job, and in some cases can get it back for you -- if you still want it. In some cases a successful claim can result in the recovery of a swift settlement.
It's not uncommon for companies to illegally discharge covered employees simply for exercising their rights to breaks, fair pay for overtime, protected family medical leave, or acting as a whistleblower in the workplace.
Additionally, being disciplined or fired in violation of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policies may provide grounds for you to file a legal claim against your employer.
Workers are also entitled to a workplace free from discrimination, harassment, and arbitrary dismissal in violation of the employment laws. Contacting a lawyer for job termination claims can help you determine if what happened to you violated a federal, state or local law and lay out what legal options you may have.
To learn more about whether your employer broke the law when they let you go, share the details of what happened to have our expert employment lawyer review your case now.
For those who haven't experienced the unlawful job loss, it is easy to underestimate the importance of the employment. Our jobs play a large part in our identities, both to ourselves and to others.
Unfortunately, an unfair dismissal doesn't provide grounds for a legal claim -- it must be an unlawful termination. According to the EEOC, employee lawsuits settled out of court average $40,000, with as many as 10% of filed wrongful dismissal claims settling for as much as $1 million.
The nature and details of your case will determine what may be attainable - big verdicts create great headlines, but you should be more realistic, it's not the normal.
However, litigation costs continue to rise, adding even more pressure on companies to settle out of court when they have broken the law.
The best wrongful discharge attorneys understand the loss is about more than your paycheck and immediate security. Losing your job damages your reputation, can impact future hiring decisions from other companies, and steal your very dignity and confidence. Any potential settlement should take this into consideration.
Ultimately, your lawyer is accountable to you. You are a real person, with a real life and a family. What is best for your family should never be ignored. You need a law firm that cares about your recovery, but understands a long drawn out court case may not be in your interests.
For maximum recovery, a fight in court may be necessary if your company decides to fight your claims and digs in its heels - you need an attorney unafraid to go to trial if necessary.
For many people, the problems at work began long before the pink slips were handed out. An employer who is willing to fire someone unlawfully may also exhibit malicious or inappropriate behaviors in their other actions.
Federal laws enforced by the EEOC provide covered class employees protections, generally include the following scenarios:
Discrimination: Federal laws protect employees from disciplinary action, retaliation, bias or being wrongfully discharged for the following protected classes: Age, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Disability, Race, Pregnancy, Sexual Orientation, Color
(To learn more: Workplace Discrimination Claims)
Family Medical Leave Act Protection (FMLA): Covered employers are prevented from retaliation, job loss or discipline against employees exercising their rights to covered medical leave.
(To learn more: FMLA Lawyers)
Sexual Harassment / Non-Sexual Harassment: You are entitled to a workplace free from supervisor harassment, when your boss engages in sexual harassment they are violating the employment laws when it is based on any of the protected categories. Retaliation firings are not uncommon, and may be grounds for your claim..
(To learn more: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Claims)
Overtime & Unpaid Wages: Covered employers are required to pay their covered employees without violating overtime laws. If you are terminated for raising the issue of a pay violation, it may entitle you to a wrongful termination law suit claim (in addition to any harassment charges).
(To learn more: Unpaid Overtime Lawyer)
Whistleblower Protections: State and Federal protections exist for employees who come forward to report illegal activities, refuse to participate or bring to light safety violations. Whistleblowers who report wrongdoings are commonly subjected to workplace retaliation and dismissed illegally.
(To learn more: Whistleblower Lawsuit)
Labor Laws & Regulations:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) all provide varying employee protections who work for covered employers.
Additional State regulations and local laws may also afford additional protections in the workplace.
If you have a potential wrongful termination suit, or are unsure whether the employment laws apply in your case, share what happened using the form above for a leading employment attorney to review the details now.Review My Case Now
If you were a victim of unlawful job loss, you can file legal action to rectify the damage done and collect money to cover your economic and non-economic losses. You may also have a claim if you have been demoted, were retaliated against or passed over for a promotion due to discrimination, retaliation or other illegal reasons.
When an employee is unlawfully terminated, he or she is entitled to compensation for what was lost due to the employer's illegal actions. This means that you can recover damages for lost wages, benefits and other income you would have earned had your employer not acted unlawfully. In gross violations, wrongful termination punitave damages may also be won.
What Kind Of Damages Can I Expect to Recover?
If you win your case, you will most likely receive at least back pay to cover the missed wages due to your termination. The cost of insurance and other benefits that you had to pay out of pocket may also be recovered. If you aren't yet working, front pay will cover the time until you resume employment.
Injunctive relief is also common in wrongful termination suits, often in the form of ordering the employer to reinstate the employee. In many cases, however, this isn't possible or desirable. The position has been filled, or the employee has a new job. In almost all cases, your former employer will also be ordered to pay court costs and your attorneys' fees.
Lastly, you may be awarded other damages as allowed under state and federal law. The majority of the monetary value awarded in most wrongful discharge suits come from non-economic damages. While there are federal and state limitations of payouts for emotional distress, they can still be exponentially higher than the economic losses in many cases.
You may also be entitled to punitive or exemplary damages, depending on the facts of your case. If your employer's unlawful activities showed proof of malice, or required your supervisor to commit fraud, this type of egregious conduct may lead the jury to award you damages in an effort to punish the employer.
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If you believe you may have a wrongful dismissal claim, time is of the essence for you to share what happened and take appropriate legal action.
Many of the laws that are broken when employees are fired illegally have a very short statute of limitations.
The initial consultation with your employment attorney is free, and you are under no obligation to sue. This is your chance to learn your legal rights and find out if you have a viable case worth pursuing. If you don't feel comfortable, that's OK.
If you do decide to file a unlawful termination lawsuit, your case will be fought on contingency. All attorney fees are explained clearly up front, and are paid out of compensation won.
Meaning you pay nothing out of pocket. If you don't win, you don't pay.
You were treated unfairly by your former employer. You are angry & frustrated, possibly even scared of the very real consequences to your family. Isn't it time you had a legal champion in your corner?
In some cases, you may have only weeks to file a claim after the incident occurred. It's vital you act now so you don't miss out on any financial recovery you may be entitled.
Share the details of your case with our wrongful termination attorneys now, take the first step towards reclaiming what is rightfully yours.