In today’s precarious economic landscape, it can prove quite difficult to gain proper employment. And even if you’re able to find a job, many college grads are forced to work below their level of qualification. Needless to say, if you find a solid job, you should do everything in your power to hang on to the position.
Unfortunately, employees are often dismissed from the workplace for reasons that are beyond their personal control. In many instances, these motives may even be considered unlawful. Throughout the legal profession, this sort of firing is often referred to as “wrongful termination.”
Wrongful termination occurs for a number of the following reasons. If you suspect you were unjustly fired from your current position, it may be time to seek legal assistance. The proper wrongful termination lawyer will help you fight for your legal rights as an employed American citizen.
Was your termination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy or age?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces an array of laws which ensure that employees receive fair and just treatment from their higher-ups. Employers must abide by these specific laws if they’re in charge of 15 employees or more. If you suspect you were fired due to your race, color, national origin, religion, sex or age, you can be sure that Portland, ME offers anti-discrimination laws concerning your status.
Maybe your termination was based on a physical or mental disability?
After the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, employers were no longer allowed to discriminate against disabled employees who were qualified to perform a job with or without reasonable accommodations. These particular accommodations can include modified equipment and accessibility ramps.
Perhaps your dismissal violated public policy?
Employees can’t be fired for seeking workers’ compensation. Similarly, employers can’t release their workers for refusing to participate in illegal practices, exercising their union rights or pursuing separate legal rights.
Did your firing infringe upon contractual obligations?
Sometimes, an employee will be presented with a contract that outlines their specific terms of dismissal, or implicit contracts, such as employee manuals, which offer information about their termination. If either of these contracts is breached when an employee is terminated, there’s a chance that it can be classified as wrongful termination.
Was the termination well documented?
It’s generally recognized that employers should treat their staff honestly, fairly, and ethically, especially long-term employees. In many instances, courts will consider your employment history and seniority when evaluating your wrongful termination.
Nobody wants to go back to the drawing board, spending each waking hour completing endless stacks of job applications. If you suspect that you were released from your place of employment due to unlawful factors, be sure to contact one of the friendly representatives at The Law Offices of Guy D. Loranger. To learn more about whistleblower law, don’t hesitate to set up an initial consultation today!