When you are employed “at-will,” it means that your employer reserves the right to terminate your employment without notice and without giving a specific reason. That’s why when a person feels that they have been fired due to a discriminatory reason, they often believe that they don’t have the right to contest the action and claim that it is wrongful.
However, this is not the case. While at-will employers have the right to terminate employment without giving a specific reason, they must still abide by employee rights laws, and they cannot discriminate or retaliate. Therefore, if you can prove that you were a victim of wrongful termination, you can still make a claim.
What is the definition of wrongful termination?
Wrongful termination is a phrase to describe any type of unlawful firing of an employee. A wrongful termination could occur for a discriminatory reason. For example, a person might be wrongfully fired due to the fact that their employer was unhappy with the fact that they were pregnant. Similarly, if an employer decides to fire an employee because of their race, color, nationality, disability or gender, this would constitute wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination can also occur when an employee is fired as a result of retaliation. For example, if an employee makes a complaint about the company to a governmental agency and is fired as a punishment, this would be an example of wrongful termination.
If you have been recently fired, it is likely that you are struggling financially, and you may also have experienced a loss of confidence. It is important, therefore, to make a claim if you believe that you are a victim of wrongful termination.