The Longo Firm represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated in violation of state and federal anti-discrimination laws. We also handles claims for workers who have been terminated in retaliation for complaining about or refusing to participate in unlawful or unsafe working conditions. If you believe you have been treated unfairly by your employer, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.
Examples of Wrongful Termination
The most common examples that constitute wrongful termination include:
- Terminating your employment based on race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, or sexual orientation (i.e. discrimination).
- Firing you because you reported misconduct or complained about discrimination based on race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, or sexual orientation. (i.e. retaliation).
At-Will Employee Rights
An “at-will” employee can be terminated for any reason as long as it is not an unlawful reason. You could be fired for “wearing white shoes after Labor Day” because the courts will not second guess the legitimate, non-discriminatory business decisions of employers.
The employer does not have to follow their own discipline policy, allow you to present your side of the story, or even give you a reason for termination. However, if a reason is given, it must be legitimate and not merely pretext for some unlawful reason. For example, if you boss says he fired you because of your performance, but you have always gotten stellar performance reviews, the reason for your termination (performance) may be unworthy of belief. We call this “pretext” which you must prove to win a wrongful termination lawsuit.