You’ve probably heard it said that the law of the United States is “employment at will”, meaning that an employer can fire you at any time for any reason, or reject your application for employment for any reason. While employment at will is a default position, the thousands of exceptions to this comprise Employment Law, and it is a robust area of litigation. If you’ve been terminated for reasons that do not involve poor performance, or if you feel that accusations of poor performance were manufactured to fulfill someone else’s agenda, you should contact a reputable employment attorney in your area immediately.
You don’t even need to be fired to be wronged by an employer. You may have been demoted, or incurred a decrease in pay or benefits. If this has been done unlawfully, an employer cannot terminate you for litigating your rights. You will not know whether this has been done unlawfully until you call an attorney. Also, if you have been sexually harassed, or experienced disparaging remarks or treatment of any kind for your race, religion, or gender, you should call a lawyer immediately. It’s not simply about money. It’s not a windfall for you. It’s about keeping our workplaces free from mistreatment.
Possible Unlawful Reasons for Termination or Work Reduction
1. Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
2. Termination or work reduction in retaliation for a workers compensation claim
3. Retaliation for pointing out illegal activities or sub-standard work in the workplace.
4. Complaining about work conditions or asking for a raise. Your employer cannot terminate you for complaining about work conditions.
5. Labor Organizing
Types Of Employment Law Cases
There are many types of employment law cases. They include:
- Sexual harassment
- Discrimination of any kind
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Civil rights violations
- Accusation of violating a non-compete agreement
- Severance package evaluation before accepting it
- Discrimination based on race, national origin, or skin color
- Fired or demoted out of retaliation by the employer
- Whistle blowing
Contact A Lakeville Employment Law Attorney
If you feel that your rights have been violated in any way while on the job, you have the right to seek legal assistance. Speak with an attorney that will evaluate your case and can take action against the employer. You may be able to seek damages from the employer for the pain and suffering they caused you, or have your job restored.