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Were you wrongfully terminated?

Any time an employee is let go or fired from a job, he or she is likely to feel wronged in some way. There are many legitimate reasons why an employer may terminate an employee's employment with a company including violations of one's employment contract or terms and poor job performance. In these types of cases, an employee has no legal grounds to take action against an employer. However, in cases where an employee believes that he or she was fired because of an employer's discriminatory practices, it's wise to explore one's legal options.

U.S. labor laws protect U.S. employees from suffering acts of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation. In cases where an employee suffers these types of grievances at work and is subsequently laid off or fired, it's wise to explore one's options with regard to filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Wrongful termination claims may relate to cases in which an employee is fired or let go after being the victim of sexual harassment at work or after attempting to start a union. Additionally, if an employee has reason to believe that a termination was directly related to his or her race, sex, sexual orientation, age or national origin; a wrongful termination claim may be filed.

Proving wrongful termination can be challenging. This is especially true as in cases where an individual's employment was considered to be at-will, meaning that the employment relationship could be terminated by either employer or employee at any time and for any reason. It's important, however, that individuals who experience employment discrimination, harassment and subsequent retaliation take action to not only protect their own rights and financial interests, but also those of other employees who may be in a similar situation.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Wrongful Termination," May 22, 2015

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