Understanding When You May Have a Wrongful Termination Claim
If you or a loved one faces termination from employment, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed and possibly even demoralized. If this happens to you, a Cleveland business lawyer can review your case and discuss what legal options may be available.
Basic Facts About Employment Termination
As a Cleveland business law attorney can explain, whether an employee has recourse for wrongful termination depends on a variety of factors. For example, most employees are considered "at will" unless they have an employment contract or are part of a collective bargaining agreement. At-will employees can be fired essentially for any reason or no reason. If you feel you were wrongfully terminated in contravention of an employment contract or your collective bargaining agreement, you should contact an attorney right away to see what options you can pursue. Even in the case of at-will employment, employers may not fire an employee for discriminatory reasons.
How Discrimination Can Form the Basis for Wrongful Termination
State and federal law protects employees from various types of discrimination in the workplace. As a Cleveland business law attorney can explain, these laws protect employees from discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, age, disability, etc. If you feel you were unlawfully terminated based on one of these protected classes, contact an attorney right away. Filing a claim for discrimination-based wrongful termination must generally be done within a fairly short window of time. Also, these discrimination laws also protect employees from being subjected to adverse working conditions such as harassment based on those classes. If an employee is harassed based on their race, for example, and feels compelled to quit as a result, this can be treated the same as if the employer fired the employee outright. Again, it's critical that you understand how to preserve your claim and speak to an attorney.
At the Law Office of Shapero & Green, you can discuss your case with a seasoned Cleveland business lawyer who has experience in handling all types of employment claims. To schedule a free appointment for an initial consultation, call 216-831-5100.