No one feels good about being fired from a job. In fact, in most cases, being terminated can be a major setback and a cause of stress and anxiety. While most employment terminations happen lawfully, wrongful termination does occur. If you have been wrongfully terminated, you may have a legal claim for damages. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Cleveland wrongful termination attorneys are available to support you. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
Wrongful termination is termination that occurs illegally and in violation of an employee’s protected rights. Terminating a person without cause is not wrongful termination — in fact, most employees are at-will employees, which means that they can be terminated at any reason and without cause. Instead, termination is wrongful when it occurs because of discrimination or when it is done as a result of an employee exercising a protected right.
Employees have numerous protected rights under state and federal laws. In addition to a workplace that is free of discrimination — which means that an employee cannot be terminated based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, age, sex, or sexual orientation or identity — an employee also has certain legally protected rights. An employee cannot be terminated for doing any of the following: Taking protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act Filing a discrimination claim Reporting an unsafe work condition Filing a workers’ compensation claim Taking time off to vote Filing a wage and hour claim The above list is not inclusive. If you are terminated for exercising a protected right, you may have a claim for damages.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, the first thing that you should do is to write down as much as you can about your case and your interactions with your employer. If you have any notice(s) of the termination in writing, make sure these are well-preserved. The next thing that you should do is call a Cleveland wrongful termination attorney. An attorney can review your case free of charge, advise you of your legal options, explain to you the damages you may be entitled to, represent you in conversations with your employer, help to negotiate a settlement, and more.
Being terminated is never a fun feeling and in some cases, it may actually be illegal. If you have been wrongfully terminated or want to learn more about wrongful termination claims in Cleveland, our experienced lawyers at the office of Coffman Legal, LLC can help. Our Cleveland wrongful termination attorneys have years of experience and a track record of success. We hold employers responsible for labor violations and always put our clients first. You can schedule a free consultation with our law firm by calling us directly or sending us a message online. We work on a contingency fee basis.