Your employer cannot fire you because of your gender, sexual orientation, age, race, national origin, disability, religion, pregnancy, or for taking medical or family leave. If this happened to you, you may have been wrongfully terminated and your employer may owe you money. Even if you weren’t fired, you may still have a claim.
Adverse Employment Action
An employer may not take any adverse action against you because of one of the protected characteristics listed above. An adverse employment action is an action that negatively affects an employee’s compensation, workplace conditions, responsibilities or status. You could have a claim if you weren’t given a promotion that you deserved, if you were demoted or even if you were transferred to an undesirable location. If you aren’t sure whether or not your employer’s actions were an “adverse employment action,” contact one of our experienced attorneys.
My Employer Claims They Fired Me for a Different Reason
Most employers know that they cannot fire you because of a protected characteristic such as your age, race, gender, etc. Instead, they might make up a fake reason to fire you, even if the real reason is because of your age, race, gender, etc. If you think this happened to you, you should talk to an attorney to see if you have a claim.
How Much is My Wrongful Termination Claim Worth?
Although no one can tell you whether or not you will recover money from your employer for your claim, a lawyer can help you to understand how much money is on the line and whether it is worth it for you to pursue a claim against your employer. If you are successful in a wrongful termination lawsuit based on discrimination, you may be able to recover money for: