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Know what counts as wrongful termination

There is little worse than being treated poorly at your place of employment. This can make it miserable to go to work every day, and could push you into seeking another position.

While not every job termination leads to a lawsuit, there are times when it does. If you believe you have a wrongful termination claim, due to the fact that you lost your job for an unfair reason, it is important to know your rights.

A wrongful termination that breaks the law, such as a firing due to discrimination, is illegal. In this case, you may be able to file a wrongful termination claim in an attempt to recover compensation from your former employer, and potentially regain your position.

It is illegal for an employee to be forced to quit or fired due to all of the following:

— Discrimination, such as for race, age, disability, gender, national origin or religion– Filing a claim for workers’ compensation– Taking family leave or medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)– Supporting a union– Filing a complaint regarding wage issues– Complaining about discrimination, safety issues, or other conditions

Nobody takes a job and expects to ever be fired. People do not think the are going to lose their position for an illegal reason. However, this happens from time to time in companies all over the country.

If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated and want to move forward with a claim, you need to learn more about your rights. Visit our website for more information on this subject, including guidance on what to do next.

Source: Law Offices of William M. Julien, P.A., “Wrongful Termination” Sep. 08, 2014

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