When is getting fired illegal? Insight from a NJ wrongful termination attorney
Losing your job is always traumatic, but being fired for no good reason is especially devastating. There’s no excuse for employers who let their workers go under these circumstance, which is where wrongful discharge/wrongful termination laws are important. With the help of an experienced New Jersey wrongful termination attorney, you can fight back.
Unfair termination doesn’t always mean wrongful termination
Common scenarios for unfair termination include long-term employees being fired because their salaries have increased to a level that the company no longer wants to pay, or because office politics have caused an employee to become a scapegoat for certain issues. Unfortunately, these types of circumstances often aren’t illegal because New Jersey is an “employment at will” state. This means that your employer can fire you at any time without reason unless you have an employment contract, a legal entitlement to your job (for example, being tenured), or a group employment contract (like a Collective Bargaining Agreement).
This means that, essentially, your employer can fire you for any reason as long as it was not based on unlawful discrimination or retaliation against a whistleblower.
What can make my firing illegal?
However, there are New Jersey employment laws that can assist you, including the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The key here is that the reason needs to be covered by unlawful discrimination. This can be in the form of discrimination against race, religion, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. It is also illegal to fire someone for taking medical or family leave, being pregnant or because they were unwilling to accommodate your disability. You are also covered if you were fired for raising concerns about workplace safety issues or illegal activities in the workplace.
Fighting wrongful termination is a complex process – Get the right legal support from your lawyer
Experienced employment attorneys know how this legal system works, the requirements of pursuing a claim, and what it takes to win a wrongful termination case. With the help of the right employment lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve – whether you want your job back, compensation for harm or legal fees, or back pay and benefits that you are entitled to.
Fighting a wrongful termination is a tough battle, and you deserve to have expert support. Chris Deininger is a respected employment attorney and will be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.
The consultation is free, contact Chris Deininger now.