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What constitutes a wrongful termination?

You can live and work in Florida, a nearby state, or somewhere else in the country, but nothing changes the fact that you never want to think about the possibility of being wrongfully terminated.

Just because you lose your job does not mean you have been wrongfully terminated. At the same time, there are definitely situations in which an employer fires or lays off an employee for a reason that is considered illegal. Some of the most common illegal reasons for terminating employment include:

-- Firing in violation of state or federal anti-discrimination laws

-- Firing in retaliation for an employee filing a complaint against the company

-- Firing a person as a form of sexual harassment

-- Firing a person in which it violates the written or oral employment terms and conditions

If people believe they were victims of wrongful termination, they may want to learn more about state and federal laws in terms of how they impact their situation. Some of these violations can result in the employer paying damages, such as lost wages.

While not always the case, people who are terminated will have a clear idea of whether or not they believe there was an illegal reason for doing so. It is then that they will have to make a decision as to which steps they will take next.

There is a lot of gray area when it comes to a wrongful termination and how an employee can react. For this reason, many who are in this position wish to eventually speak with an employment law attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Termination Claims" Nov. 12, 2014

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