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Illegally fired during a company reorganization?

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Being laid off or fired is something that many people experience at some point in life. While it can be a horrible experience - the shame, the uncertainty, the loss of income - most people can eventually move on.

But what happens when an employee is fired for an illegal or discriminatory reason? This brings up a whole host of other considerations and issues.

One scenario commonly takes place during company reorganizations or downsizings: A company is forced to lay off employees. At first, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Lay-offs are a reality, and some unfortunate employees lose their jobs as a result.

But soon something becomes apparent: Certain groups of employees seem to have been hit especially hard. Older employees - employees of a certain race or ethnic background - females - employees of a certain religion.

Is it a coincidence?

Maybe not.

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What does the law say?

An employee can be fired for many reasons. But the law protects employees against firing for discriminatory or harassment-related reasons.

Some companies will use a company reorganization or downsizing as a guise to fire certain individuals or groups of employees for discriminatory reasons.

But this is illegal.

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What can employees do?

Victims of wrongful termination have legal rights and options - and may be eligible for significant compensation.

If you suspect that you were illegally fired during a company reorganization, it is advisable to talk to an employment law attorney as soon as possible.

Further reading: Downsizing and Discrimination: An Illegal Combination

Free consultation: Call Bononi Law Group at 866-295-7512.

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