As experienced Rockland County Employment Lawyers, we receive phone calls from potential clients often saying that they feel they’ve been wrongfully terminated. That’s a term of art that really needs to be explored to determine whether there’s some basis for a legal claim in court. Wrongful termination typically takes the form of an employee disagreeing with the reason for their termination, but that in itself does not mean that the employee has a case to be filed in court.
In order to sue your employer for an actionable, wrongful termination, you would have to prove that the termination was based on your membership in a protective class such as your termination was due to your race, your religion, your age, your gender, a disability, perhaps marital status or sexual preference. There are other claims that can be brought for military status discrimination, domestic violence victim status discrimination, maybe termination because of a criminal conviction that’s not related to your employment.
In the public sector it could also be something like whistle blowing, union affiliation, maybe political affiliation; there could be civil service claims and due process claims. Really the process of wrongful termination has to fit into one of the umbrellas of what the state and federal laws protect.
If you have questions about wrongful termination or believe you may have been wrongfully terminated, contact our skilled Rockland County Employment Attorneys today for a free confidential consultation.