At Leeds Brown Law, we have a broad scope of experience in helping people who have become victims of wrongful termination. We have succeeded at winning significant amounts of compensation for our clients who have suffered from discrimination in the workplace. Our team can help you to recover from the harm that was done to you after you were wrongfully terminated. If you think that you may have grounds to claim that you were terminated for the wrong reasons, get in touch with our experienced team of expert lawyers.
Wrongful Termination Is Common
Many people who are fired from their jobs take their employer’s excuse for letting them go at face value. The employer may claim that you were not being an effective team player or that the company is planning to move in a different direction. You may, however, sense that something is not right since you could have been easily retrained and may have otherwise done a great job at the company. When your employer’s reasons for terminating you do not add up, you should consider whether you may have been wrongfully terminated in the eyes of the law.
When you work for a company as an employee, you are considered to be there “at will” unless you enter into a contract that says otherwise. “At will” means that your employer can fire you at any time without even stating a reason. However, ordinary salaried employees are entitled to a broad range of protections under both state and federal laws that can prevent you from simply being thrown out the door without any recourse.
One of the most significant areas where employers can get in trouble for terminating you is in the area of discrimination law. Employers cannot fire you on the grounds of race, religion, or ethnicity unless they are a private company with less than 50 employees. Most people assume that discrimination is hard to prove, but the reality is quite different. Employers who discriminate against their employees usually do so for decades before they are finally caught. Consequently, there can be more than a sufficient amount of data to prove that your employer is discriminating illegally. Some of the other areas where discrimination can give you the right to file a suit include:
- Terminating employees of a protected class,
- Ignoring requirements for “good cause” termination,
- Terminating to avoid paying bonuses or other compensation,
- Breaches of federal, state, or local laws, or
- Retaliation for whistleblowing or the reporting of crimes.
Penalties for Wrongful Termination
As an employee, you are strictly protected against wrongful termination regardless of the prevailing circumstances that your employer may have been experiencing. For instance, a company cannot decide to fire all of its U.S. citizens to replace them with green card holders. Companies also cannot discriminate against people with disabilities in ways that violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is even illegal to fire employees because they are pregnant or have the responsibility to take care of their families. If your employer terminates you for the wrong reasons, you could sue your employer for more than the amount of money that you lost as a result.
New York Laws on Discrimination
Federal law applies in New York, but there are also state laws that can provide you with additional protections. One of the most important laws is the Human Rights Law that makes it completely illegal for an employer to discriminate in terms of compensation or even benefits in the workplace. There are also significant additions that have been made to discrimination law through court interpretations.
Your Next Step Forward
If you think that you may be the victim of workplace discrimination, you should take action as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Leeds Brown Law can guide you through the entire process of putting together your case and obtaining a final settlement.