What is Wrongful Termination?

Feb 8th, 2017

When you lose your job, it can be unclear whether you were let go in a fair and legal manner. Not every unjust situation is actually against the law. Because of these nuances, many people find themselves wondering – what is wrongful termination?

Right vs. Wrong

The majority of private employers in the United States follow the methodology of at-will employment. This means that both the employee and employer have the right to end employment at any time, and for any legal reason, even without prior notice.

However, there are still instances where wrongful termination occurs under at-will employment. An employer may not terminate any employee for whistleblowing or because of their sex or race, whether employment is at-will or under an employment contract.

What is Considered Wrongful Termination

Although wrongful termination circumstances can be tricky, you may have a case if your termination falls under the following circumstances:

Next Steps

If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated from your place of employment, contact a lawyer to discuss your options. Jill A. Silverstein has years of experience handling employment law, including wrongful termination cases.

Learn more about Wrongful Termination and other workplace legal issues from Workplace Fairness.

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