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Monday, July 19, 2021

What Is Wrongful Termination?

When you are terminated from your job it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. You may be left trying to figure out how you will stay afloat and pay your bills. But before you do anything, it’s important that you ask yourself whether or not your termination was lawful. When you are fired or let go from your job in violation of the law, it is considered wrongful termination and you may have the right to rectify what has occurred and the losses you have suffered.

A Violation of the Law

Wrongful termination occurs when you are fired in violation of the law. This type of termination often occurs as a response to something that has been addressed or reported by you. In other words, some employers will retaliate against an employee for harassment or discrimination incidents that were reported. For instance, if someone is being sexually harassed by their boss and brings the issue to human resources, only for their boss to fire them, this could be a case of wrongful termination.

Wrongful terminations are not just unfair – they are illegal and are not based on any actions of the employee himself or herself. Wrongful termination occurs when an employer does not adhere to the laws currently in place to protect workers from discriminatory practices. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been put in place to protect employees from this unfair treatment.

For instance, if someone asks for a reasonable accommodation in order to do their job due to a disability and they are terminated after this request, there is a good shot that they have been wrongfully terminated, as this seems to be in violation of the ADA.

What Can You Do If You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated?

When you have been terminated from your job, you may feel as though there is nothing that you can do – even if the reason for the termination was illegal. However, under employment laws, you have certain rights. By bringing a wrongful termination claim, you may be able to receive compensation for your final work and/or even reinstatement of your job should you want it.

This is why it’s so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Georgia Employment Law Attorney. He or she can help to inform you of your rights and the options that you have for receiving relief or compensation from your previous employer.

The GA Employment Law Attorneys at Pankey & Horlock, LLC Can Help

If you or a loved one believes that you have been wrongfully terminated, disciplined, or discriminated against, you may not know what to do or even how to proceed. However, it’s important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Georgia employment attorney.

Fortunately, the attorneys at Pankey & Horlock, LLC understand the importance of such cases and are here to help walk you through the process. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

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