If you’ve been laid off or fired and you believe your employer’s reasoning was unjust, reach out to a federal wrongful termination attorney to file a claim and seek compensation for your mistreatment.
Losing your job is never an easy experience, but when your employer gets rid of you under unlawful circumstances, the situation can be hard to walk away from without seeking justice. No one deserves to be wrongfully terminated, because this type of mistreatment affects your family, your future, and your well-being.
When an employer wrongfully terminates an employee, they’re disobeying federal law. There are numerous statutes in place to protect employees from discrimination in the workplace, including being let go when unwarranted. At Snider & Associates, LLC, a federal wrongful termination lawyer can assist you in filing a claim against your employer and reclaiming your rights.
Reasons for Wrongful Termination
Wrongful termination can happen for numerous reasons, with some of the most common being discrimination and retaliation. Discrimination covers a broad range of wrongfully fired employees, including those who are fired due to age, sex, disability, pregnancy, genetic makeup, and race.
While it may or may not be subtle, discrimination happens in companies nationwide every day. Employers may fire an employee and give a solid reason; however, the underlying reason may be prejudice.
Retaliation is another common reason for wrongful termination because employers may not like the way employees assert their rights. For example, when employees file workplace complaints or assist others in filing complaints, this can lead to passive-aggressive mistreatment at work and potentially being fired down the road. However, employers who retaliate against their employees are breaking the law and can be sued.
Laws That Protect against Wrongful Termination
If an employer terminates an employee because of discrimination, there are numerous laws in place to protect the employee. The most prominent antidiscrimination law is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act applies to all United States citizens and states that it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
Other antidiscrimination laws that protect employees include:
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- The Equal Pay Act
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act
- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
- The Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)
These acts each protect different minority groups in the workplace. When someone gets laid off or fired and discrimination is believed to be the underlying cause, these acts can be used in wrongful termination claims or employment discrimination lawsuits to help build a case.
Almost all antidiscrimination and workplace laws also protect against retaliation in the workplace. If you feel that you’ve been retaliated against in your termination, you can contact a wrongful termination attorney to assist you in finding evidentiary support for your claim.
How to File a Wrongful Termination Claim
In order to file a wrongful termination claim, you’ll need to go through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). When filing with the EEOC, you’ll want to support your claim with evidence, such as pay stubs, hiring and firing forms, written witness testimonies, and any other relevant documentation.
After the EEOC does an investigation of your claim, they’ll either issue a remedy of some sort or you’ll be able to escalate the claim to a civil lawsuit. Remedies may include a severance package from your employer, penalties against your employer, or other compensation. In the event that you choose to pursue a civil lawsuit, your attorney can help you work to recover further damages.
Questions to Consider in a Wrongful Termination Case
When pursuing a wrongful termination lawsuit, you’ll need to be prepared to answer a variety of questions. Knowing the answers to these questions can save you a lot of trouble when heading to the courtroom. Your federal wrongful termination attorney can help prepare you by investigating your incident and looking at the details of your case. Some questions may include:
- Did you have an employment contract, or were you an at-will employee?
- Were you terminated while on family or medical leave?
- When did the discrimination occur?
- What damage did you suffer as a result of the wrongful termination?
- Do you have a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC?
Once you can successfully answer these questions as they apply to your case, you’ll feel more prepared heading into trial and seeking compensation from your employer.
Contact a Federal Wrongful Termination Attorney
No one deserves to be let go or fired for unlawful reasons. As an employee, you’re protected in the workplace from mistreatment and discrimination. You can hire an experienced attorney from Snider & Associates, LLC to guide you through the claims process and file a lawsuit to seek the remedy you deserve.
To speak with a federal wrongful termination lawyer about your incident, call 410-653-9060 or fill out the contact form below.
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