How to determine if you’re a victim of a wrongful termination

If you’re fired from your job, the first thing you might think about is what you did wrong. What if you didn’t do anything wrong? Could your case actually be a case of a wrongful termination?

Here are a few things you can consider if you think you may have been fired due to discrimination or retaliation.

What is a wrongful termination?

Wrongful terminations are any firings that take place in violation of local, state or federal laws. While many states have at-will employers, that doesn’t mean a person can’t be the victim of a wrongful termination.

What are some causes of wrongful terminations?

Discrimination is one of the main causes of wrongful terminations. For instance, if you have direct evidence that you were discriminated against for being a different race than your coworkers, this could be used as evidence that your employer fired you based on your race.

If comments or actions were taken against you because of your age, gender or sex, this can also be a sign of discrimination.

Harassment is another cause of wrongful terminations. For instance, if your boss wants you to have a sexual relationship and you decline, but you’re fired shortly thereafter, you could claim it was because you did not accept his or her advances. If comments were made around others, this can help your case, since you would have witnesses that could speak on your behalf.

Retaliation is one of the other causes of wrongful terminations. If you, for instance, report your boss for fraud and are then fired, retaliation could be a cause.

Source: FindLaw, “Wrongful Termination Checklist,” accessed May 26, 2016

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