When someone has been fired from his or her job, there is often the question of whether the termination was legal or illegal. While most employment is “at will,” which means an employee may be fired at any time and for any reason or for no reason at all, there are some important exceptions to the at-will rule. Thankfully there are legal remedies that may help you keep your job or sue your former employer for wrongful termination.
To aid in your investigation as to whether you were illegally fired, here are several questions to ask yourself.
Did My Boss Make Any Bias Comments Before I Was Fired?
If your boss made sexist or racist jokes, said they thought you were too old or your disability made you unable to do the job, or made other comments that would indicate a bias, you might have direct evidence of discrimination.
Was I Treated Differently than Others?
Were you treated differently than those of a different race, sex, religion, national origin or age? Often it is helpful to find out if there are people who have also been the victims of similar discrimination. Compare the similarities of your situations.
Why Was I Actually Fired?
Sometimes, when thinking back, you’ll notice your firing came after an action on your part. If you made a worker’s compensation claim and were fired a week later, that’s a good indication, you were fired in retaliation for making the claim. If you reported your supervisor for Medicare fraud, and then the supervisor fires you, you may have a whistleblower claim.
Contact Us Today
Even if you’re not sure that you are the victim of wrongful or illegal termination, we can help you investigate your claim. We offer a free telephone, online or in person consultation. Contact us to schedule your appointment. We will welcome you to one of our law offices, or we can visit you in your hospital or home location. Our Santa Rosa and Sacramento attorneys will listen to you, consider the facts and offer preliminary advice about how to pursue the maximum available compensation for your injuries and losses.