Most employment is “at will.” This means that an employee may be terminated for any reason, or no reason at all, as long as it is not illegal or contrary to public policy.
If you are an employee who entered into a written employment agreement with your employer that sets out a specific period of time for employment, or sets out other specific terms of employment, such as what would provide a basis for termination, you may have a breach of contract claim against your employer if those terms were not adhered to.
Claims Against Your Employer When You Are Fired or Your Workplace Becomes So Unbearable That You Quit
Whether you have a contract with your employer or are an employee “at will,” you may have claims for wrongful termination if you were terminated due to your status as a member of a protected class, including age, sex, sexual preference, gender identification, disability, pregnancy, race, color, religion, national origin, or if you have been terminated for complaining about discrimination or participating in complaint processes. (Certain state or local government laws may provide additional protections in the workplace, such as for political affiliation, veteran status, and other bases).
Further, there are federal and state laws that provide an employee a right to be free from retaliation when they have complained about safety in the workplace, rights of employees, wage violations, workplace injuries, and fraud/waste/abuse.
Moreover, your workplace may have become so unbearable that you were forced to quit. If the actions taken against you by your employer were severe enough and/or pervasive enough that it prompted you to quit, and the actions were driven by discrimination or retaliation; you may have claims against your employer for “constructive” termination/discharge.
We Can Help You Assert Your Rights
The Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo, LLC has decades of experience representing employees in their wrongful termination claims and ensuring that employees preserve their claims in a timely manner.