What are the Most Common Cases of Wrongful Termination?
When an employee is fired illegally or his or her termination is in clear violation of company policy, it is considered a wrongful termination. If you believe you have been unfairly fired, you should contact Houston wrongful termination lawyers to discuss your situation. If indeed a wrongful termination has taken place, you have the right to file a claim for damages, including loss of wages and/or benefits, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
Listed below are some common instances of wrongful termination:
- Retaliation. An employer cannot fire you because you refused to do something that was illegal, morally unsound or in conflict with public policy. Or, because they are angry at you for reasons unrelated to your job.
- Breach of contract. If you have a contract to work for a specific period, an employer must abide by that and not fire you without good cause before the contract has run its course. Of course, contracts vary and sometimes clauses enable employers or either party to get out of them early.
- Whistle blowing. If you report illegal actions to the proper authorities, you cannot be fired for it.
- Discrimination. No employee may be fired based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other discriminatory classifications.
- Unsafe conditions. No employee may be fired for refusing to work in an unsafe work environment.
The most important thing to do if you believe you have been fired illegally is to contact wrongful termination lawyers in Houston.
At the Law Offices of David C. Holmes, we have years of experience dealing with wrongful termination, and will provide you with sound legal counsel and representation.