Lost Your Job? 6 Signs You Have Been Wrongfully Terminated

 

If you have been fired, it could have been because you weren’t a fit for the job. However, it also could be an example of wrongful termination. What are some signs to look for when determining if you were illegally let go by your employer?

 

Your Employer Said It Was Age Related

 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) says that workers 40 and older cannot be terminated solely because of their age. If your employer says that you were terminated in favor of a younger worker, which could be used as evidence in a civil suit.

 

You Turned down Advances from Management

 

If you were terminated because you wouldn’t agree to a sexual favor or some other quid pro quo arrangement, that could be considered sexual harassment. State and federal laws both offer some level of protection against those who are harassed in the workplace.

 

Your Gender Got You Fired

 

Companies are not allowed to create terms of employment based on a person’s gender. If you were terminated for refusing to accept lower pay or work longer hours than colleagues of the opposite gender, which is generally illegal. Gender discrimination is a valid basis for a complaint with the EEOC or a lawsuit against an employer.

 

Your Personnel File Was Suddenly Stuffed with Poor Reviews

 

Employers may try to give otherwise stellar employees poor reviews or other written warnings prior to firing them. These are designed to give credence to the fact that you were fired for performance reasons as opposed to for an illegal reason. Courts generally find these actions to be an indication of wrongful termination.

 

You Acted As a Whistleblower

 

If you are terminated soon after acting as whistleblower, that can be an example of wrongful termination. Wrongful termination lawyers can use evidence such as poor reviews or harassment after taking such action to show a link between the two events.

 

The Company Didn’t Agree with Your Religious Beliefs

 

Employers must allow workers to engage in sincerely held religious beliefs. This is true even if they may violate parts of a company policy. Terminating a worker for adhering to strong and sincere beliefs is grounds for a wrongful termination claim.

 

Although employers have a lot of leeway to hire and fire people as they see fit, the law does place boundaries on that power. If you believe that you were the victim of a wrongful termination, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney.

 

By: Lizzie Weakley