All 50 US states apply “at-will” rules in the context of employment law, and an informational brief published by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Staff describes what the concept means: In the absence of a written or collective bargaining agreement, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason that is not contrary to law. When they do overstep their bounds by unlawfully firing a worker, companies can be held accountable through a wrongful termination claim. Some of the most common violations involve federal and state statutes that protect employees from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and related misconduct.
At Coffman Legal, LLC, our core practice area is employment law, so we are prepared to protect your interests if you were wrongfully discharged. We can assist with your legal options and help recover the compensation you deserve for your losses. Please contact our firm to set up a free case evaluation today. One of our Canton wrongful termination attorneys can provide specifics, but some general information may also be useful.
The default rule may be employment at-will in Ohio, but companies are still prohibited from firing workers for illegal reasons. Many of these illegal reasons are spelled out in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, other federal anti-discrimination statutes, and Ohio laws. You may have a wrongful termination case if you were fired: Because of your race, sex, disability, age, gender, pregnancy, or other protected characteristics; After reporting harassment in the workplace; As a form of retaliation after you participated in protected activities, such as filing a discrimination claim or helping an official investigation involving your employer; Because you acted as a whistleblower to expose your employer’s illegal acts; After requested reasonable accommodations to enable you to work with a disability; or For other unlawful reasons. In addition, you may also have a wrongful termination case if you were discharged in violation of an employment agreement
Because wrongful termination laws are closely tied to discrimination laws, your initial remedy is filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). If you cannot resolve your dispute at the administrative level, you can file a lawsuit in civil court to recover monetary damages. The Canton wrongful termination lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC will advocate on your behalf through the administrative process, including settlement discussions and during mediation. However, we are equally dedicated to fighting for your rights in court to recover the compensation you deserve. We will seek amounts for: Back and front pay; Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering; Attorneys’ fees and court costs; and Other damages you are entitled to by law.
For more information on your rights and remedies after being wrongfully discharged by your employer, please contact Coffman Legal, LLC. You can schedule a no-cost consultation with a Canton wrongful termination lawyer by calling 614-949-1181 or visiting us online. Once we review your situation, we can advise you on next steps.