A person has been
wrongfully terminated from their employment if their employer’s decision violates federal,
state, or local laws; the terms of an employment contract; or reasons
that do not align with public policy. Below, we provide important information
to help you determine if you have been wrongfully fired from your job.
Employees are protected by federal laws from being fired because of their
age, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion,
or sex. Ask yourself the following questions, and if your answer is yes,
then you might have a valid wrongful termination claim:
- Is there concrete evidence that you were fired for discriminatory reasons?
Do you have circumstantial evidence of discrimination?
- Were employees similar to you treated differently because of their age,
gender, race, or other category protected by law?
- Has your employer or superiors made comments or taken actions that show
they are bias against certain groups?
The law also prohibits harassment based on age, disability, gender, genetic
information, national origin, race, religion, or sex. Ask yourself the
following to see if you were harassed or working in a hostile environment:
- Did your employer or superior ever make offensive or insulting statements
about protected groups of people?
- Were these statements frequently made to you or spoken in front of others?
- Has your employer ever made unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors?
You cannot be fired or punished by an employer for taking part in certain
protected practices. This includes reporting illegal behavior within the
company or to outside enforcement agencies. Ask the following questions
if you think you were fired as a form of
- Before you got fired, did you report any violations to a supervisor, colleagues,
human resources, or other enforcement agencies?
- Did your employer or supervisors react negatively or punish you for your
reporting a violation?
- Were you discouraged from participating in an investigation regarding workplace
If you answered yes to any of the questions in this blog, you might have
been wrongfully fired from your job. Contact our Hartford team of wrongful termination attorneys
to request a free case evaluation today.