Losing your job is a horrible experience. Not only can it be upsetting and humiliating, it may leave you with severe financial worries. How will you keep up with day-to-day expenses? Furthermore, what happens if you have a family? In a previous article, we discussed the options that may be available to you if you are removed from your job unfairly or illegally. But how can you be sure if this is the case?
There are a number of situations under which your employer is not legally allowed to dismiss you. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Retaliation. If you were dismissed for exercising a right that is yours by law, or by reporting a breach of law, it might be considered retaliatory.
- Discrimination. Whether this is based on gender, sexuality, race, religion, nationlity or any other form of discrimination, it is illegal for you to be dismissed for discriminatory reasons.
- Alien status. You are not legally allowed to be dismissed for having alien status as long as you are legally permitted to work in the U.S.
- Refusal to break the law. You are never obliged to commit an illegal act and your employer cannot legally dismiss you for refusing.
There are various other conditions covered by wrongful termination law, which are explained in greater detail here. However, the precise rules vary from state to state, so it is important to know your rights. An attorney can help you figure out whether you have a case and may be able to assist you in pursuing a fair and favorable resolution.