Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated?
Employees are sometimes unfairly fired. These employees believe they have been wrongfully terminated. But just because they were fired unfairly does not mean they were wrongfully terminated under the law.
It is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee because of the employee's race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, or pregnancy. If an employer fires an employee because the employee's personality clashes with the employer's, though, the employee has no cause of action. In many ways, the law protects employers, even when they act unfairly.
"Wrongful termination" has a specific meaning under the law. It occurs when an employee is fired, at least partly, for something that violates public policy. For example: An employee notices that his employer is violating OSHA regulations. The employee reports the employer to OSHA and the employer fires the employee. Because public policy required the employee to report the violation, the employee was wrongfully terminated.
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