If you are hired at a company and meet the expectations of your position, you may believe you will have consistent employment for the foreseeable future. You may not realize that your employer has the right to fire you without warning or reason.
While this is true, there are illegal reasons for termination. Understanding your rights is the best way to know when you have been legally or illegally terminated.
What does wrongful termination look like?
Several things can make your termination illegal. One is if you have a contract with your employer, and your termination goes against the contract’s terms. Because this is not uncommon, it is essential that you know your rights.
Other types of illegal termination that may occur include the following:
- You engaged in whistleblowing
- Harassment or other discriminatory reasons
- Firing that violates public or company policy
- Refusal to engage in illegal activity
You may also experience a constructive discharge. This occurs if your workplace becomes intolerable to an extreme point, so it is impossible to continue working there. This is another type of wrongful termination.
How can you prove wrongful termination?
Proving wrongful termination can be tricky. However, it is wise to maintain records of what is going on in your workplace. This will help you show why termination was illegal if your case goes to court.
Claiming wrongful termination
If you are terminated from your job, you may be unsure if you have a legal claim for wrongful discharge. Discovering if you have a case is important, but this should be handled quickly. You have a limited amount of time to act after this incident. Knowing your legal rights and options will help you in these situations.