Wrongful termination is a legal term that describes a situation where an employer terminates an employee's employment contract by violating at least one or more of the terms of the employment contract. Fortunately, there are laws that protect against wrongful releases.
A professional wrongful termination lawyer will help you understand the rights of employees as regulated in labor laws. Upon cessation of employment, get an attorney to go through your contract and assess if there have been any violations. The experienced lawyer will then conduct a thorough scrutiny of the reasons for your dismissal from employment and advise you accordingly.
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Below are some of the scenarios that require an attorney after cessation of employment.
Covenant of Good Faith
Termination of employment when there is a covenant of good faith between you and your employer brings forth cause for a wrongful termination case. The covenant of good faith exists so that an employee undertaking the duties of his/her job properly, expects to receive the agreed-upon benefits of the agreement without the employer unfairly taking them away.
This is a typical scenario for wrongful discharge lawsuits. If your termination was because of your gender, race, religion, age, or disability, you can file a lawsuit.
Insufficient Cause / Retaliation
There are instances where the dismissal of an employee is out of exercising their employee rights. When an employer terminates the contract of an employee in retaliation for reasonably exercising an employee's rights, it is a case of wrongful termination. Different states have different laws, but some laws are universal such as whistleblowing, legitimately taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, exercising union rights, serving in the military, and a host of other violations.