Employees that have been fired from their job frequently search for a
wrongful termination lawyer hoping that there will be someone that can help them get justice. I am not certain how this expression
wrongful termination has taken such strong root in our language, because it is a confusing and unhelpful term. Most employee discharges which are
wrongful (i.e., unfair or unjust) are nonetheless perfectly legal. What we are really talking about here is
illegal termination - not merely
wrongful, and so the key question to answer is
what law did they break?
Termination without notice or
In some workplaces, either a specific law or a binding contract will require that the employer must have just cause for termination. Typically, this will also require the employer to give the employee notice and an opportunity to respond before any termination takes effect.
Frankly, this is just basic fairness, and it should be the law in every workplace. But it isn't. In fact, this is mostly restricted to three situations:
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Termination in violation of state or federal law
The most common wrongful termination cases are simply violations of state or federal laws. This includes firing whistleblowers, race or sex discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, etc. Although not comprehensive, the menu of practice areas of the firm gives a sense of the scope of these laws.
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