When you are let go from your job out of the blue, it can be disorienting and frustrating. Whether you get some time to figure out your next job or your termination comes suddenly and without any warning, losing your job can be incredibly stressful. You may feel even more confused if you are not sure why it happened.
Was your termination unfair or even illegal? If you are wondering whether you are experiencing wrongful termination, here are some examples of unlawful dismissal.
1. Discrimination was involved in your firing
Your termination may have been illegal if your boss fired you for a discriminatory reason. For example, if your employer let you go because of your race, gender, religion or country of origin, you may be able to sue for discrimination and wrongful termination.
2. Your termination was retaliatory
Did you witness illegal activity at your workplace and report it? If so, did your employer fire you because of it? This circumstance is a prime example of wrongful discharge. It is illegal for you to lose your job for whistleblowing or filing a workers' compensation claim.
3. Your contract required a reason for termination
You may have signed a contract when your employer hired you that states your employment can only end with a cause. Some contracts include this provision and define strict reasons for firing or leave it up to state law. Causes may include failure to perform job duties or willful misconduct. Take a look at your employment contract to find out if this applies to you.
If you think your firing was unlawful, you should talk to an employment law attorney. A lawyer can help you determine whether you have the basis to file a lawsuit against your former employer. It is important to get legal advice to determine whether your termination was lawful.