Wrongful termination involves a situation in which an employee is fired under harsh, unfair or unjust terms and without a valid reason. Wrongful termination happens in all levels and industries of employment and many employees pass it off as bad luck. However, there is a way to fight back against wrongful termination and to gain compensation, back pay or your job back. If you have been wrongfully terminated, speak to a Minneapolis employment lawyer about your legal options.
Minneapolis Unfair Discharge Attorney
Duane Johnson has over 25 years of experience in instances of wrongful termination, discharge and dismissal. Whether the issue is handled privately, through mediation or through a discharge hearing, Duane will fight on your behalf and ensure that your legal rights are protected. Duane offers compassion, honesty, integrity, dedication and aggression in and out of the courtroom which is why he is consistently named as one of the best employment lawyers across the state.
Harsh, Unjust and Unreasonable Instances of Termination
There are a number of unlawful acts that occur in the workplace that result in wrongful termination. This can include:
- Acts of discrimination – if you are fired because of your age, your gender, your sexual preference or your race or cultural beliefs, then this is an issue of discrimination. Discrimination is against the law under the Fair Labor Standards Act and should not be dismissed
- Retaliation – in many instances, if an employee stands up for himself or herself then the employer can feel resentful and angry and fire them because of it. This is often the case if an employee speaks up about harassment, unfair wages or an unjust procedure at work. Retaliation can also occur if someone is on disability, unemployment or worker’s compensation insurance
- Worker’s compensation, disability and medical leave – if you are put off work due to a medical condition, an injury or an illness in the family, then you are entitled to unpaid leave up to 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. Furthermore, you may also be eligible for continued pay under disability and worker’s compensation insurance. Some employers attempt to get out of this by terminating employment which is not only unethical but also against the law
- False redundancy or negligent termination – employers are not able to simply hire and fire people just because. There must be a reason and in most instances, there must be due warnings that the person is not following protocol. If you have been fired with no indication why or without a valid reason or warning, then this could also be classified as wrongful termination.
Speaking to an experienced Minneapolis employment lawyer can help you understand what has happened, can help you defend your legal rights and can help you move on from this situation in a better place. For more information regarding wrongful termination or any other employment concerns, contact Duane Johnson today at 612-529-6041.