New York Wrongful Termination Attorneys Recover Damages for Victims
New York wrongful termination attorneys, like the ones at Leeds Brown, help employees fight for their rights. Our full-service law firm works diligently to protect workers from all types of employment discrimination and harassment. We hold employers accountable when they violate one of the many laws that govern the workplace.
“At Will” Employees Cannot Be Terminated for Unlawful Reasons
Most workers in America are “at-will” employees. “At-will” means that they can quit or be fired at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. However, an employee may not be fired for a reason that is unlawful. For example, an employee may not be terminated for a reason that is discriminatory, violates public policies, violates employee protection laws, or in retaliation for whistleblowing. Also, if you have an employment contract, you are not “at-will,” and your employer cannot fire you in violation of your contract.
If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, it is helpful to speak with an attorney at Leeds Brown who specializes in employment law cases like yours. We understand how to navigate a wrongful termination claim and can patiently guide you through the correct process to achieve the outcome you want.
For instance, if your position has been terminated for discriminatory reasons under Title VII, you must file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before you can proceed with any lawsuit. If you have been fired in breach of contract, there is a different procedure. The same is true if you have been fired for whistleblowing.
New York wrongful termination lawyers at Leeds Brown take a hands-on, collaborative approach to all of our employment law cases. We can help determine whether your termination was unlawful and, if so, will work diligently to obtain a favorable outcome. We have a proven track record of success in thousands of employment cases. Contact our offices at 1-800-585-4658 and protect your rights.
You May Be Entitled to Monetary Damages for Wrongful Termination
Those employees that have been terminated wrongfully may be entitled to recover significant monetary damages. The purpose of monetary damages to compensate you for what you lost because of the employer’s actions. There may be several different elements to an award for damages in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Lost Pay – Lost pay covers whatever earnings you have lost due to your wrongful termination. What pay would you have received if your employer did not discharge you? Lost pay may include all unpaid wages, overtime, and other compensation such as bonuses you may be owed.
Lost Benefits – The value for lost benefits may be difficult to calculate and often requires an expert’s assistance. Benefits include medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement plans, stock options, and more that were lost due to a wrongful termination.
Emotional Distress – You might be awarded damages for emotional distress if your wrongful termination was the cause of significant emotional trauma. This award often depends on how badly your employer acted. Obviously, the worse the employer conduct, the greater the likelihood that you have suffered emotional distress. You must be sure to have documented proof of your negative emotional response.
Punitive Damages – Punitive damages differ from other damages. They are not intended to make the victim whole. Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future. Punitive damages are available in some wrongful termination cases and can be quite large.
Examples of Wrongful Termination
Speaking with an experienced New York wrongful termination attorney at Leeds Brown provides you with the best opportunity to fully understand what rights you have after you have lost your job. We will patiently listen to the facts of your case and determine whether or not you have a cause of action against your employer.
Each case is different and wrongful termination can occur in a variety of situations. Wrongful termination may occur when:
- You have been fired based on a protected characteristic such as a disability, race, religion, gender identity or military status
- Your employer terminates you because you have been selected for jury duty
- Your employer terminates you because you took time off from work as permitted by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Your employer fired you after you reported illegal activities in your workplace to government officials
- You employer fires you after you reporting violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other workplace safety rules
- Your employer, prior to firing you, failed to follow proper protocols and procedures set forth in the employee handbook
- Your employer terminates you because you took time off from work to vote
- You employer fires you in retaliation for complaining to the human resources department about workplace discrimination and or harassment
- You were terminated in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge with the EEOC
- You were fired after refusing to participate in illegal workplace behavior
Contact Wrongful Termination Lawyers to Protect Your Rights
After your employment has been terminated, contact New York wrongful termination attorneys at Leeds Brown as soon as possible. Time may be of the essence as there are time requirements imposed on filing charges and lawsuits. We can help determine if you have a cause of action against your employer for discrimination, retaliation or wrongful termination. If so, our lawyers will seek appropriate damages to see that you are fairly compensated.
Protecting employees from discrimination and harassment is our life’s work. By contacting experienced New York employment lawyers at Leeds Brown, you can ensure that your rights are protected by passionate employee advocates – and that your employer will be held accountable for violations of the law.
Call Leeds Brown today at 1-800-585-4658 for a free case evaluation. We are available to take calls twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and can meet with when it is most convenient for you. The New York wrongful termination attorneys at Leeds Brown want to help after you lose your job because of the unlawful actions of your employer. Contact us today.