You are going through the firing process and you have suspicions that what your employer is doing is not right. This may very well be the case. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, approximately 150,000 employees suffer wrongful disharge each year.
But how do you know you are a victim of wrongful termination? Do you have the right to bring a lawsuit against your former employer? Here are some signs that you may be able to file a lawsuit.
1. There is discrimination
The same laws that protect you from discrimination during hiring and employment also protect you in termination situations. It is unlawful for employers to fire you because of your race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. If you believe your discharge is discriminatory, you should talk to a lawyer.
2. The firing is retaliation
Did you complain about a health concern, report sexual harassment or file a workers' compensation claim, only to get fired right after? If so, your firing may be an illegal act of revenge by your employer. Your employer is not allowed to fire you because of legally protected actions.
3. Your employer is breaking promise
When you enter a job, there is a contractual agreement between you and your employer. If your contract includes a timeframe in which you are guaranteed work, and you are let go before that period ends, you may be able to prove that your employer is acting illegally.
4. There is defamation
Is your employer spreading false information about you? If your reputation in your workplace or community is taking a dip during the firing process because of harmful rumors, you may be able to claim wrongful termination and defamation. This is because defamation may make it hard for you to secure another job.
Getting fired is never enjoyable, but sometimes it is illegal. Talk to an attorney if you notice any of these red flags.