Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated from Your Job?
Being let go from a job is always difficult, impacting every part of a person’s life from the financial to the professional and emotional. But employees discharged for unlawful reasons can take action in their defense. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated from your job, you need an aggressive and experienced legal team to fight for the justice you deserve. Some common situations leading to wrongful termination cases include:
- Violation of an employment contract
- Retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Retaliation for seeking compensation for unpaid wages and overtime
- Whistleblower retaliation
- Violations of public policy
- Employment discrimination based on age, race, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or other unlawful criteria
Washington state workplaces abides by “at-will employment” rules, meaning an employer or employee may terminate the relationship at any time for most any reason. At first glance this seems to exempt employers from any liability for wrongful discharge, but there are a wide number of statutory and common law circumstances where an employer may be liable for terminating an employee. For example, a Washington employer cannot terminate an employee for taking actions that follow public policy, such as “whistleblowing” to alert the public or regulatory agencies of misconduct within the company. There are also federal statutes like the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act that bar employers from terminating employees based on race, disability and many other factors, or from retaliating against that worker if they file a complaint about one of those prohibited practices.
Since Washington is an at-will employment state, wrongful termination claims are hard to prove and typically require experienced legal representation. In many cases employers fabricate a pretext for discharging a worker to justify their real (unlawful) reason. In these cases, a successful lawsuit hinges on thorough legal analysis and a sophisticated strategy. Our knowledge of both Washington state and federal wrongful termination law, and our extensive experience representing both employees and employers in labor, employment, and employee benefits cases, gives us a unique advantage in quickly analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and developing the right approach. We handle every stage of your case, from workplace investigations and pre-litigation counsel to litigation within state and federal courts.
Don’t wait to call us for a free consultation on your case. There are time limits on filing a wrongful termination claim, so it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.