Wrongful Termination Attorneys in Clearwater
You May Have Been Fired for an Illegal Reason in Tampa Bay
No one particularly enjoys getting fired from a job. Most of the time, we prefer to leave on our own terms, whether that means quitting to take a position elsewhere or retiring from the workforce altogether. Florida is an at-will employment state, which means your employer can sever your employment at any time and for nearly any reason or no reason at all.
Despite this, there are certain situations where it is unlawful to terminate employment. When this happens, Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC can help employees hold their employers accountable in wrongful termination claims. If, for example, you were “let go” soon after reporting discrimination or refusing to participate in it, you may have a claim. You may also be able to claim you were unlawfully discharged if you were laid off shortly after reporting non-payment of overtime or other owed wages.
The attorneys of Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC advocate for employees when they wish to hold their employers accountable for wrongful termination. If you think you need help, reach out to us online or call our wrongful termination attorney in Clearwater at (727) 202-5840 for assistance.
There are many reasons for which an employer who was fired can claim wrongful termination as long as they can prove a connection between their termination and a protected action they took at work.
The following are examples of possible wrongful termination:
- Your employer lays you off because you spoke out against an unlawful business practice.
- You were fired “at-will” shortly after reporting sexual harassment.
- A manager discharges you after you said you would report his racist comments about a coworker.
- An employer terminates you for demanding payment of overtime hours.
The short answer is no. Age is a protected class in the United States at both the federal and state level. It is considered age discrimination if you are fired because of your age. Age discrimination covers all parts of your employment. So you can't get lower pay, get passed over for promotions, or get laid off because of your age.
If you think your rights were violated, reach out to us for assistance! Contact our wrongful termination attorneys in Clearwater online to schedule a consultation to discover how we may be able to help you.
Many employees are safeguarded by law against wrongful termination. Your employer generally cannot fire you for reporting unlawful activity.
People who are members of protected classes (age, sex, gender, disability, religion, etc.) are often protected from discrimination-based terminations. Also protected are those who report discrimination, regardless of whether or not they're a member of a protected class themselves.
When an employee blows the whistle on illegal business practices, they also may be legally protected from retaliatory firings for merely reporting the activity.