Fired from your job? Not sure what the reason is? It may be a case of wrongful termination. According to the law, New Jersey is an at-will state, which means an employer can fire an employee at any time and for any excuse. In fact, you could be fired for no real reason at all.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions to this rule. To really pursue a wrongful termination claim, you’re going to need a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge of the law. That’s why you should contact Jersey City lawyer Anthony Carbone, PC.
Examples of Wrongful Termination
Here are a couple of examples that are considered wrongful termination:
Discriminatory Reasons – According to Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, it is illegal to fire anyone because of their sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, genetic information or citizenship status. In New Jersey, employment discrimination can also include sexual orientation, if you have HIV/AIDS, marital status, and military service. This law must be followed by all employers, no matter how many employees they have. In addition, the employer cannot retaliate against you if you assert your rights. For example, your employer fires you after you file a complaint against another employee who has been bullying you because you’re homosexual.
Breach of Contract – Are you under a contract at work? Take a good look at the contract. It may say something about the employer not being able to fire you unless there’s a good reason, such as you’re not doing the work. If you have a contract that stipulates this, then the employer cannot fire you without a reason.
Tort Claims – Let’s say you were fired for no reason at all. The firing has affected you not only financially but emotionally as well. You may be able to file for a personal injury claim against your former employer. This can be tricky and if you intend to go down this road, you may want to speak to our experienced personal injury lawyer first.
“Whistleblowers” – If you see your employer violating any type of workplace safety and you report the crime, your employer cannot fire you for this reason. It is in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Program, which protects employees who inform the authorities of any wrongdoing.
We Can Help!
Wrongful termination is hard to determine, especially if you fight it on your own. That why you need an experienced wrongful termination attorney at your side. If you have been fired and you feel that it was a case of wrongful termination, call the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC immediately. We have more than 25 years of experience with New Jersey’s laws and we know how to fight for your rights. If you live in Jersey City, Hudson County and surrounding areas, contact us for a free consultation.