Arizona residents may find that jobs are not as secure as they once were. Many companies are having trouble staying afloat, and in order to save money, they may lay off or terminate employees. While most layoffs and terminations are done legally, some of them violate state or federal laws. If you recently lost your job, you may be wondering if you are eligible to receive any compensation. Read on to find out if you should file a wrongful discharge lawsuit.
Federal employment law states that employers are not allowed to terminate one’s employment based on factors such as age, color, race, gender, religion, pregnancy and disability. An employee cannot be fired based on these factors even if the employment is at-will.
If an employee is fired for refusing to do something illegal, then the employee can bring about and lawsuit for damages. Examples include if the employee was asked to steal or fight another employee. The same goes for employees who are fired for refusing to perform unsafe actions, such as working on a roof without safety gear.
A breach of contract can also lead to a wrongful discharge lawsuit. If an employee is hired based on a contract and the employer terminates the employee before the contract ends, that would constitute wrongful discharge. If an employer refused to follow specific discipline and termination outlined in an employee handbook, then it could be sued as well.
If you think you might have been wrongfully discharged, it’s a good idea to seek advice in order to understand your rights and options. You could be entitled to damages such as back pay, front pay, attorney’s fees reinstatement and punitive damages.
Source: FindLaw, “Was I Wrongfully Discharged From My Job?” accessed Jan. 10, 2015
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