Do I Need a Wrongful Termination Lawyer?
If you believe that you have lost your job for an unlawful reason then it is time to talk to an employment lawyer. This means even if you were fired “for cause” you could still have a claim for wrongful termination. Because this is a challenging and complicated legal procedure it is often in your best interest to consult legal counsel as they can help you through your case. They can also see if you were wrongfully terminated or if there was a reason.
That being said, you can’t just claim wrongful termination because you are upset about losing your job.
Wrongful Termination Cases
There is a long list of facts that have to be analyzed for a case to be considered a wrongful termination case. This means that there has to be proof that despite you being fired for cause or no reason the termination was unlawful. This can be channeling to prove for even experienced lawyers, and that is why it is so important you seek an employment lawyer. Here are some common ways that a termination can be wrongful and you would have a case against your former employer:
- Employment Contract: Not every company is going to have their employees sign a contract. However, if you do then your employer must have compiled a list of reasons that you may be fired for. This means the employer can’t fire you unless the reason is on the list in the contract signed. A lawyer in Chicago can go over your contract and determine if the stated reason for termination is contemplated by the contract.
- Employer Police: In some cases, your employer may provide discipline procedures. A layer can help you and determine if your employer had a discipline policy it failed to follow. In these situations, your employer may have breached an implied contract between you the establishment.
- Differential Treatment: If you were terminated because of performance problems then your lawyer is going to look into if other employees were terminated for the same stated problems. If they weren’t, then your lawyer is going to seek evidence that suggests your employer treated you differently based on things like gender, race, disability, ethnicity, age, or even sexual orientation. Differential treatment still happens wildly today and is a common cause for wrongful terminations.
- Retaliation: It is a known fact that most employers don’t like “whistleblowers”. If you made a complaint about illegal activity at your work then your lawyer is going to advise you on a potential retaliation claim. If the reported activity was not illegal then the reporting employee is still protected as long as the report was made in good faith.
If you feel as if you have a wrongful termination case then don’t hesitate to reach to an employment lawyer like the team at May Law, LLP for more information and what your next steps should look like.