Wrongful termination occurs when a person has been illegally fired or laid off. Tennessee, like most other states, is an at-will state, which means employers can terminate an employee without providing cause or justification. Similarly, an employee may also quit anytime.
Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired illegally. This occurs when an employee is terminated because of discriminatory practices in the workplace, when a company violates public policy in the process of terminating the employee, or when a company’s own guidelines for termination were not followed.
In addition, there are other reasons such as being fired for blowing the whistle on your employer as you report issues such as lack of safety in the workplace or report some illegal activity in which your employer is engaged.
Wrongful Termination Examples
- Sexual Harassment and/or a Hostile Work Environment
- Race Discrimination
- Retaliation Over Workers’ Compensation Claims
- Violations Of The Family And Medical Leave Act (Fmla)
- Wage And Hour Violations
- Whistleblower Retaliation
Sexual Harassment And Hostile Work Environment
Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. You may be able to receive back pay, get reinstated to your job, and may even be able to obtain punitive damages and compensation for attorneys’ fees.
If you have been sexually harassed at work and believe that you were fired because of it, as retaliation for complaining about it or quit your job because you just could not take it anymore, you may be able to file a wrongful termination lawsuit seeking compensation not just for monetary damages, but also for the emotional pain and suffering such experiences have caused you.
State and federal laws are consistently clear thatit is unacceptable for any employee to be treated unfairly because of his or her race or the color of their skin. Examples of racial discrimination in the workplace might include segregating employees of a particular race in certain jobs, making decisions about hiring, firing or promoting employees based on race, racial stereotyping or making distinctions based on skin color.
When such discriminatory practices create a hostile work environment or if you are terminated due to racial discrimination or for complaining about it, you may have a valid claim for wrongful termination.
Retaliation Over Workers’ Compensation Claims
Retaliation after filing a workers’ compensation claim is a common scenario that could result in wrongful termination. In such cases, employers may fire or lay off an employee after he or she has filed a workers’ compensation claim due to an injury suffered on the job.
If you have been injured on the job and were fired after trying to apply for or receive workers’ compensation benefits because you made the claim for benefits, you may have a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer.
Employers are also prohibited from firing or threatening to fire employees who testify on behalf of another employee in a workers’ compensation proceeding. Similarly, when a worker becomes disabled because of a work-related injury, California law prohibits discrimination based on that disability. It is illegal as well for employers to fire employees for participating in rehabilitation services that are offered as a workers’ compensation benefit.
Violations Of The Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act provides protected leave from work when employees are ill, need to take care of a loved one who is ill or is caring for or bonding with a newborn or new baby.
Employees have the right to return to their job and to be free from retaliation for taking leave. Private employers must have 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks a year to be covered by the law. Employees are eligible for FMLA leave if they have worked at a job for at least one year and for at least 1,250 hours. Eligible employees can receive up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons.
- Birth and care of a newborn child.
- Care of an adopted or foster child.
- Caring for a family member who is suffering from a serious medical condition.
- If the employee is suffering from a medical condition that prevents him or her from doing his or her job.
- Caring for a member in the armed forces who is under medical care for a serious injury or illness.
If you were fired as a consequence of taking family or medical leave to which you are entitled under the law, you may have a wrongful termination lawsuit. Contact us.
Wage And Hour Dispute
If you were fighting against your employer to secure unpaid wages, commissions or overtime and got fired as a result, you may be able file a wrongful termination lawsuit. Wage and hour disputes can be complex and intimidating. But you have legal protections as an employee under California and federal laws.
Some of the common wage and hour violations we see include failure to pay minimum wage, not allowing employees to take rest or meal breaks, not paying workers overtime as required under labor laws, and misclassifying workers..
If you reported illegal activity on the part of your employer and were fired as a result, you may have a wrongful termination lawsuit.
For example, if you reported medicare was being deliberately overcharged in your workplace to the company’s human resources department and were fired soon after, that is a sign that your employer fired you as retaliation for reporting the over billing.
You may also have been wrongfully terminated if you were fired after blowing the whistle on illicit activity at your workplace such as safety violations, fraud, etc.
Wrongful Termination Checklist
- Was I forced to quit due to sexual harassment or an unfair workplace?
- Was I fired due to my race?
- Was I fired for claiming workers’ compensation?
- Was I fired for taking family leave?
- Was I fired for demanding wages that were owed to me?
Contacting A Wrongful Termination Lawyer
If you have been illegally terminated from your job, contact us. We offer a no-win-no-fee guarantee, which means we don’t charge you any fees unless you receive compensation. Contact us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation