Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Discriminatory & Retaliatory Firing Practices
Most states follow some form of “at-will” employment, meaning that employers can terminate employment for virtually any reason—including no reason at all. However, there are certain instances in which an employer may not legally fire an employee. This includes termination on the basis of discrimination, as well as in retaliation or in violation of an employment policy or contract.
When an employer violates an employee’s rights in terminating their employment, it is considered “wrongful termination.” Victims of wrongful termination can take legal action and seek restitution, including compensation for damages and, in some cases, reinstatement.
If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated, reach out to Potts Law Firm to speak to our wrongful termination lawyers. We can review your case at no cost during a confidential consultation and provide detailed information specific to your situation. Our firm serves clients nationwide from multiple office locations. We are prepared to assist you with every aspect of litigation and can answer any questions you may have.
Contact Potts Law Firm today at (888) 420-1299 to request a complimentary consultation and case evaluation with one of our wrongful termination attorneys.
Understanding Wrongful Termination
To be considered “wrongful,” an employee’s termination must violate their rights as outlined by federal and/or state law. It is not enough to prove that your employer fired you for no reason, because they did not like you, or for any other reason not protected by law.
Instead, to have a wrongful termination case, you will need to prove that at least one of the following is true:
- You were fired or let go due to discriminatory reasons (i.e., on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or genetic information).
- You were fired or let go in retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, sexual harassment, or other wrongful practices.
- You were fired or let go for participating in an investigation or lawsuit against the employer, or for whistleblowing (i.e., filing a qui tam claim).
- You were fired or let go after suffering a qualifying work-related injury and filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
- You were fired or let go in violation of an employment contract, the employer’s discipline policy, or another employment policy or contract.
If you are unsure whether you have a valid case, get in touch with the wrongful termination lawyers at Potts Law Firm. We can review the specifics of your situation and provide professional counsel tailored to your unique circumstances. There is no cost to you when you meet with our team.
How Does “At-Will” Employment Affect Wrongful Termination Cases?
In states that follow at-will employment, an employer can legally fire an employee for almost any reason. In fact, an employer can terminate someone’s employment for virtually no reason at all. This can make it very difficult to prove a wrongful termination case.
However, just because a state is an “at-will” state, that does not mean that employers can violate employees’ state or federal rights. Even in at-will states, employers may not fire or let an employee go for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons, nor can they break the conditions of an employment contract.
Unfortunately, many employers provide false reasons for terminating employment. If you suspect that your employer violated your rights in ending your employment, it is extremely important that you speak to someone knowledgeable in your state’s employment laws. At Potts Law Firm, our attorneys not only have an in-depth understanding of federal and state regulations, but they also have a long, proven track record of success in wrongful termination cases. We move quickly with these cases and fight tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights.
What Damages Are Available in Wrongful Termination Cases?
When you are fired or let go from your job, you face certain challenges. The most obvious of these challenges is the immediate loss of income resulting from losing your job, but there are others as well.
Depending on the circumstances, you may lose your access to health insurance, pensions, and other employment benefits. You may even find that your reputation has been irreparably damaged, and you may suffer significant emotional harm. When you file a wrongful termination lawsuit, you can seek fair financial compensation for these and other related damages.
Some types of damages commonly available in wrongful termination cases include:
- Lost income/wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of professional reputation
- Attorney/legal fees and related costs
- Loss of future incomes, wages, and employment benefits
You may be entitled to both compensatory and punitive damages. While compensatory damages are meant to compensate victims for specific economic and non-economic losses (e.g., medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.), punitive damages are awarded in cases involving gross negligence, egregious misconduct, or willful/wanton behavior. Rather than compensate victims for specific losses, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for such conduct and send a message that this behavior will not be tolerated.
Potts Law Firm team can evaluate your claim and provide insights into the types of damages you may be entitled to receive in your wrongful termination case. Our goal is to recover every penny you are owed, allowing you to heal and get back on your feet.
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We are ready to take immediate legal action on your behalf. If you believe that your employment was wrongfully terminated, reach out to Potts Law Firm right away to learn how we can help. Because we provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for you when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect attorney fees and litigation-related expenses if/when we win your case.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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