Do You Need a Wrongful Termination Lawyer?
Do you face unfair dismissal by your manager?
- Were you fired after objecting to unethical, unsafe, or illegal behavior?
- Did your employer retaliate after you refused to "go along" with something shady?
Although most U.S. workers are employed "at will" and may be fired for any reason — or for no reason at all — a wide range of federal and state laws forbid firing for discriminatory reasons, or as retaliation for reporting certain misconduct. In addition to these statutory protections, most states also have a "public policy" exception that protects employees who are fired in a way that could harm the community. If employees can be fired for disclosing a threat to public health, for instance, then fewer employees will report such dangers.
Public policy exceptions rarely are enshrined as formal laws; rather they are enforced — and sometimes expanded — by courts on a case-by-case basis. If you've been fired for doing "the right thing" (or for refusing to do the wrong thing) but you don't have an ideal case for statutory relief, a public-policy claim may be your best bet for justice. Often known as a wrongful discharge lawsuit, such an action may help to get your career back on track.