Losing your job is a significant upset in someone’s life that can impact your ability to take care of yourself and provide for your family. If you lost your job, you might already be too busy looking for a new job to wonder if your employer wrongfully fired you. Victims of wrongful termination may be able to file a compensation claim, but how can someone know if they were wrongfully terminated?
Discrimination is a popular cause for wrongfully firing an employee, and so is workplace retaliation. Regardless of the employer’s motivation, what are signs an employee can recognize as wrongful termination?
Violations of employee protections
The federal government protects specific characteristics and conduct of employees. If an employer fires an employee for any of these protected areas, it is a wrongful termination. Examples of protected characteristics include:
- Nation of origin
- Marital status
In addition to characteristics, protected conduct includes:
- Investigation participation
- Refusing to commit unlawful actions
- Reporting the workplace for various violations
- Associating with protected class citizens
Firing an employee because the employer did not approve or accept their protected conduct or behavior is illegal. A victim of wrongful termination can file a claim against their former employer for this activity.
Do not write off your wrongful termination
Victims of wrongful termination who do not pursue justice create an environment where the employer can continue this discriminatory behavior. Lawyers know how to seek justice for their clients. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, consult with an attorney to discuss your options today.