Wrongful Termination in New York

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Wrongful Termination in New York

New York, like most states, has "at-will" employment. This means if the employment contract does not state the duration of the work or the grounds for termination, then employees may be terminated at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. And on the other hand, employees may quit whenever they want

Public Policy Exceptions

However, employers are not given the absolute power to fire their employees for no reason whatsoever. Public policy concerns prevent employers from firing their employees as a mean of retaliation.

New York employees are protected from firing in retaliation for reporting unlawful discrimination by their employer or bringing a civil action for discrimination. But the employee must have done so in good faith. If the employee knowingly brings a false claim of unlawful discrimination, he is not protected.

Additionally, employees in New York cannot be terminated or otherwise disciplined for reporting violations of state labor laws. This includes reporting violations of health and safety laws and minimum wage.

Note that if an employer’s actions, policies, or practices appear to create a significant danger to the public, then an employee has a right to disclose such conduct and be free from retaliatory termination.

Consulting an Attorney

A qualified New York lawyer can help determine whether you have a legal basis for a claim. Moreover, he can help you navigate the legal system and represent you such that you will recover all of the monetary damages you deserve.

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Last Modified: 02-19-2014 12:00 PM PST

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