Did you know that employees in every state, outside of Montana, work under a system known as at-will employment? This means many things, including the fact that employers can terminate a worker at any time, without an explanation.
Even with this in mind, here is something to consider: At-will employment does not mean that your employer can terminate you for any reason. There are laws in place to protect workers from being illegally terminated.
If you want to better understand how wrongful termination and retaliation work, there is a lot of information to digest. Here are some of the many reasons for which an employer cannot legally fire an employee:
— For filing a discrimination claim.
— For claiming to have been sexually harassed on the job.
— For reporting the company for some type of violation.
— Because you are pregnant.
— Because you requested a leave as protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act.
— Because of your ethnicity, religion, race, gender or sexual orientation among other protected statuses.
— Because you backed another person’s claim against the company, such as one of discrimination or harassment.
Don’t get caught thinking your employer can do whatever he or she wants. Even with at-will employment, you still have rights. There are still things your company cannot fire you for.
If you want to learn more about wrongful termination, including your rights as a worker, our website can help. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of the laws, and have helped many people take action after being wrongfully terminated and/or retaliated against.