Most employees in Akron take their job very seriously and work very hard for their employers. For this reason, when an employee is fired, they become extremely upset. Being terminated from an employment position is always stressful, but it is even more frustrating when the termination is unlawful. Unfortunately, many employees do not recognize when their termination was illegal, or understand that they have legal rights. Our Akron wrongful termination attorneys know the state and federal laws that surround unlawful termination and are dedicated to protecting the rights of the employees in the state.
Akron is governed by Ohio’s at-will employment law. Under these laws, employers have the right to hire and fire a worker at any time, and for any reason. Sometimes, an employer may fire an employee without any reason at all. Although the law does protect employers, it still prohibits them from violating the rights of employees. Any time a termination violates state or federal laws, it is considered a wrongful termination. For example, if an employer fired an employee based on their race, that is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Any termination that violates public policy is also considered illegal under Ohio law.
Wrongful terminations are extremely upsetting and it is natural for individuals to not know what to do afterwards. Too many people simply accept the fact that they were fired and never take legal action against their employer. When employees do this, they are forfeiting their rights, which include obtaining compensation for their losses. The most important steps to take after a wrongful termination include: Collect important documents: Employees often have important documentation pertaining to their employment position including contracts, manuals, and employee handbooks. This documentation is very important to any wrongful termination case. Identify liable parties: It is easy to assume that employers are the only liable party in a wrongful termination case, but there are often others as well. For example, an employer may have worked with the Human Resources department to illegally fire an employee. Employees must identify all liable parties when seeking compensation for a wrongful termination. Call a wrongful termination attorney: Wrongful termination laws are extremely complex and for most people, very difficult to sort through. An attorney will understand the laws and how they apply to a case to help employees recover the full damages they deserve. While there are several steps employees should take, there are other actions they should also refrain from taking. For example, if the employee had a negative employment review before they were wrongfully terminated, it is important not to destroy it. Doing so will only make an employee look dishonest, which will hurt their claim.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, our Akron wrongful termination attorneys are here to help with your case. At Coffman Legal, LLC, our attorneys have the necessary experience to help with your case and will advise you of your legal rights. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help.