What Is Wrongful Termination?
Termination of employment may be “wrongful” if an employee is fired in violation of law. It is unlawful to terminate employment 1) in violation of a employment contract; 2) in retaliation or violation of “whistleblower” laws; and 3) in violation of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.
Understanding Employment Law
Termination of employment may be “wrongful” if an employee is fired in violation of law.
It is unlawful to terminate employment:
- In violation of an employment contract
- In retaliation or violation of “whistleblower” laws
- In violation of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws
At Geurts Law Firm, our attorneys work with employers to establish guidelines and systems that promote the rights of both parties in an employment relationship and reduce wrongful termination risks. We assist with compliance issues, provide harassment presentations, and counsel human resources professionals. It is important to keep careful records of employment to defend against claims, and the advice and services of a Geurts Law Firm lawyer may be invaluable when the need to prove compliance arises.
Do you hire “at-will” employees? An at-will employment can be ended by either party at any time with or without cause and with or without advance notice, provided the reason is not violative of the law. As an employer, you need to be aware of the laws that protect even “at will” employees. At Geurts Law Firm, our lawyers evaluate employment situations for compliance with laws governing discrimination, harassment, work and wage violations, and other employment regulations.
If you are an employee, a Geurts Law Firm attorney should be your first stop when you have questions about your current or recent employment. Do you have an employment contract? If you are employed, you have an oral or a written contract, and a Geurts Law Firm lawyer is available to review your specific employment relationship and advise you of the rights and obligations that exist. Ask an employment attorney at Geurts Law Firm to explain the meaning of contract provisions and the laws governing them.
Is the employment “at-will”? That means your employer may fire you at any time with or without cause and with or without advance notice, but the termination cannot be in violation of law. An employment lawyer at Geurts Law Firm may provide insight into whether your employer might have violated laws governing discrimination, harassment, work and wage violations, and other employment regulations.It is important, too, to preserve evidence of workplace harassment, bullying, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Do you know what you will need to prove your case? You should ask a Geurts Law Firm attorney what evidence is needed so you can ensure your case is supported.Employers are under regulation by state agencies, as well. If you are fired, you may initially have to make claims to various state authorities, not just for unemployment, but also for labor claims. The laws limit the time you have to make claims and to file lawsuits. Contact a Geurts Law Firm employment lawyer before time runs out.
A violation of employment laws is not always easy to determine. The laws are complicated. At Geurts Law Firm, an employment law attorney is available to review legal “employee rights” and to evaluate whether your company is in compliance or whether your employment claim might fall within the statutes proscribing wrongful termination.