Lawyers Handling Wrongful Discharge Claims for Employees
Employees have the right to be treated fairly and in compliance with the law during hiring, throughout their employment, and during termination. If you feel that your employer fired you for the wrong reasons, you may be a victim of wrongful termination, also known as wrongful discharge. It is important to speak with an attorney with significant experience in the area of employment law to truly understand what type of employment claim you may have.
State and federal laws prohibit employers from terminating employees for certain reasons, including the following examples:
- The employee made a discrimination or sexual harassment claim
- The employee refused a sexual proposition by a superior
- The employee ended a relationship with a superior
- The employee reported violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- The employee refused to comply with or participate in fraudulent activities
- The employee reported FDA violations or refused to participate in violations
Often, employees think they were let go for one reason and it may have actually been for another illegal reason. For example, someone might think he or she was discriminated against based on his or her age, when really, the employer’s decision to terminate was based on the employee’s objection to what they believed was an illegal filing on the part of their employer.
In cases brought under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the employee need only have a reasonable basis to believe the activity was illegal; the employee is protected under CEPA, even if it is ultimately determined that the activity was not in fact illegal.
Even if your employer is not in clear violation of the law, if your termination violates the company’s internal policies, the employee handbook or any employment contracts between the employer and employee, including implied contracts, you may have a wrongful termination claim.
Additionally, if an employer promised you a job and then rescinded the job offer after you left a former job and perhaps even relocated, you may be entitled to compensation for damages you incurred (equitable relief).
To discuss the circumstances of your termination with an experienced Hunterdon County wrongful termination lawyer during a free initial consultation, call toll free 908-782-5900. You can also contact us online and we will reply promptly. Our office is in Whitehouse Station, but we serve clients throughout New Jersey.