Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
State and federal laws prohibit employers from firing their workers for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, some employers still do it, and it results in well over 250,000 wrongfully terminated employees in our country every year.
When employers fire individuals using unlawful practices, these employees may have grounds to file a lawsuit for employment discrimination. At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience fighting for workers’ rights. Our employment discrimination lawyers possess the resources and knowledge required to bring your case to a successful resolution, obtaining the fair compensation you deserve after wrongful termination from your employment.
What Is Retaliation
It is illegal for employers to retaliate, or seek revenge, against employees for engaging in legally protected activities or for not engaging in inappropriate acts or behaviors. Examples of why an employer may retaliate against an employee include:
- refusing sexual advances or requests for sexual acts
- refusing to participate in leisure activities outside of work
- refusing to work off the clock or on projects unrelated to employment
- raising concerns regarding co-workers
- reporting incidents of sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace
- reporting work-related issues to employers or safety organizations
- participating in investigations by state or federal administrations
- reporting unlawful or potentially unlawful behavior
Employers can choose to retaliate against employees in many different ways, such as:
- disciplinary action
- reduced salary
- job reassignment
- wrongful termination
Retaliation against employees is not always apparent and can be subtle. Employers who are trying to get an employee to quit or break certain rules to get themselves fired may create new workplace policies or requirements they know the targeted employee will not be able to meet, such as less flexible schedules, more extended work hours or later shifts.
At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our experienced employment discrimination lawyers are well educated in the laws protecting workers’ rights against unlawful retaliation. Our team will thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case to determine which laws your employer may have violated to maximize compensation for the global implications you have suffered due to these events.
You Have Rights Against Wrongful Termination
Employers have many reasons why they might terminate an employee, and under a number of circumstances, they have every right to do so. However, firing employees against an existing employment agreement or state/federal employment law may constitute the need for legal action against the employer. Under the law, employees cannot be fired for conditions such as:
- sexual orientations
- medical history
- arrest record or criminal convictions
- political activity outside of work
- needing to care for sick family members
- citizenship status
- retaliation (or revenge)
Many cases of wrongful termination are never reported out of fear or uncertainty, leading to thousands of employees every year needlessly struggling. If you or a loved one is a victim of wrongful termination due to discrimination or retaliation, calling an experienced employment discrimination attorney is the first place to start. Unlike general practice attorneys, employment discrimination lawyers focus primarily on the laws that support the rights of workers. They understand the complexity of these claims and how to process them successfully to ensure you are rewarded for all damages you have suffered since the termination.
How To File A Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
If you are a victim of wrongful termination by an employer, filing your claim promptly is critical to the success of your case. Here are the steps you need to take as soon as your termination occurs:
- Document every detail of your wrongful termination the moment it happens.
- Find an employment attorney who can walk you step-by-step through the legal process and explain the laws that protect your rights.
- File a complaint against your employer with the appropriate administration based on the incident.
- Prove your termination was illegal through litigation or in a trial.
Employment discrimination claims can be complicated and confusing. At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, we have experience, in the laws and processes for filing a claim. We will help you every step of the way by: determining which administration you should file with, ensuring you possess the necessary evidence and information to establish unlawful behaviors, helping you meet the deadlines, and pursuing additional options for seeking fair compensation for your losses during this challenging time.
We Stand Up For Worker Rights
Employees who have experienced wrongful termination may be eligible for certain compensation lost because of the incident, such as lost income from the illegal firing, compensation for emotional distress or even the cost of legal fees in certain circumstances. Don’t allow unlawful employers to cheat you out of your employment rights. Contact our employment discrimination attorneys at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice.