Wrongful Termination Lawyers - Wrongful Discharge

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When Have I Been Wrongfully Terminated from a Job?

The rules for whether an employee was improperly fired or terminated from their job vary by state. The majority of states follow the rules of at-will employment. "At will" means that an employer can fire an employee for any reason the employer sees fit, provided it is not for an improper reason (listed below). It does not make a difference whether the employee actually did anything wrong, or whether the employer misunderstood the facts of the situation. If the employee is "at-will," any reason, including no reason, is a proper basis for termination. 

Exceptions to At-Will Employment Terminations

The following are some exceptions to when firing an at-will employee amounts to wrongful termination: 

How Much Advance Notice of Job Termination Is Required?

Unless the company policy or employee handbook states otherwise, employers are not typically required to give the employee any advance notice of job termination. Likewise, employees are not required to give their employers advance notice of leaving the company absent a contract or stated company policy. 

Should You Hire an Wrongful Termination Attorney?

If you believe you may be fired or be subject to wrongful discharge, an employment attorney can help you investigate the reasons for the wrongful  termination and gather appropriate documents. Also, if you feel that you have been fired for an illegal reason, such as discrimination, a lawyer likely will be needed. Many worker's rights and civil right's laws have detailed procedures and filing deadlines. An attorney can shepherd you through these procedures in order to get you the relief you seek. If you are an employer facing a wrongful termination lawsuit, you should speak to a lawyer immediately.

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Last Modified: 11-25-2014 02:56 PM PST

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