Your employer can’t fire you for simply working with an attorney. Regardless of the reason you reached out to a lawyer, the law makes it illegal for employers to terminate their employee for unjustified reasons. You can take action against your job for doing so.
It’s your right to talk to an attorney if needed. Employers can’t take that right away from you or threaten your job security for exercising those rights. It’s always best to fight back against these tactics to ensure you get treated fairly under the law.
Does the Law Protect Me?
One good thing to know is that the law is on your side. Virtually every state has laws that protect employees from wrongful termination. In addition, federal laws protect you against retaliation from your employer.
If you choose to speak with a lawyer about any issues you face at your job, you have protections at both state and federal levels. However, even though you have these protections at multiple levels of government, some employers may still take advantage of your situation and terminate you anyway. In these cases, you should file a claim against your employer.
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Understanding At-Will Employment
Even though there are protections in every state for employees, almost all states follow an at-will employment doctrine. In essence, this allows an employer to fire you for any reason at any time. Despite at-will employment being the norm, you can still defend yourself using the protections you have under the law.
Illegal Reasons to Terminate an Employee
Many employers tend to abuse the at-will employment privileges they have. There are several illegal reasons to terminate an employee. If you feel like you got fired for these reasons, always remember that the law protects you.
If you consult with an attorney or report to a federal agency about dangerous work conditions, violations of health codes, or labor laws, your employee can’t retaliate against you. Retaliation can come in many forms, but the most common is the termination of employment. Federal and state laws provide whistleblowers with protections against getting fired or harassed.
Discrimination is a broad term in labor law. Your employer can discriminate against you based on your race, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, etc. State and federal laws make it illegal to fire anyone based on discrimination.
Consulting with a lawyer regarding these issues is no reason for your employer to fire you. However, if they do, you can use that against them when you file a lawsuit. The law tends to be very strong for discrimination cases.
If you file a request for workers’ compensation, your employer can’t fire you in retaliation. For example, say you consult with a workers’ compensation attorney about your claim, your job can’t do any retaliatory acts against you. Doing so would be illegal.
Morris Bart has experienced attorneys that can help if you get injured at work. You shouldn’t have to be afraid to talk to an attorney regarding work-related issues.
What Should I Do if I Get Fired for Talking to an Attorney?
There are several steps you should take if you suspect wrongful termination:
- Document as much evidence as possible regarding the circumstances of your termination.
- Ask for an official reason as to why you got fired.
- Build a strong case for your claim and get it filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Remember, strong legal representation can help you through this process. Don’t accept getting fired from your job just for talking with an attorney.
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Do I Really Need an Attorney to Help Me?
Whether you’re filing a claim for personal injury, workers’ compensation, or have any other issues at work, an attorney is necessary to help you get the best results possible. Don’t hesitate to get legal assistance just because your employer threatens termination.
Even if your employer does fire you, you have the law on your side. In most cases, hiring an attorney is more than enough to get your employer to negotiate with you fairly on your terms.
Get in Touch With an Attorney Today
The attorneys at Morris Bart can help you fight for your rights. If you’ve suffered an injury at your workplace, you can file a claim today to win a settlement that compensates for your damages. Don’t feel trapped by your employer. We will fight to ensure they don’t retaliate against you just for reaching out to us. For a free consultation, please contact us today online or over the phone.
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