Were you recently fired after speaking up about
sexual harassment in the workplace? If so, you may have a wrongful termination case on your
hands. Some employers will go to great lengths to protect their company
against negative press and publicity, but that does not mean that they
can violate your rights, or the law, in the process. If you have reason
to believe that you were fired as retaliation for talking about the harassment
that you or a coworker has experienced in the workplace, you should waste
no time in contacting Biesecker, Dutkanych & Macer, LLC.
Understanding the Parameters of “At-Will” Employment
If you were hired “at-will,” as many employees are in Kentucky,
this means that your employer can fire you for any reason—that is,
without having to establish cause for termination—and without warning.
This may seem unfair, but at-will employment has been justified by supporters
on the basis that employees have the same power to leave without having
to give a reason or warning.
So what does this mean for your wrongful termination case? Hiring employees
“at-will” gives employers the discretion to fire who they
want, when they want, but that still does not mean that they can do so
on the basis of discrimination or
retaliation. Your employer cannot fire or punish you for exercising your rights, even
if you were hired as an at-will employee in Louisville, KY.
What to Do if You Were Wrongfully Terminated
If you have reason to believe that you were
wrongfully terminated, you need to protect your legal claim. This means that you should avoid
doing anything in haste or out of anger. Even if your employer has not
shown you the same respect, you should avoid retaliating against them
after being fired. You should also avoid signing anything until you have
reviewed it with your lawyer.
It may also help your case to ask your employer why you have been fired
and follow through on all agreements related to your termination. Make
sure that you get written confirmation. Last but not least, it is critical
that you get in touch with an employment attorney at Biesecker, Dutkanych
& Macer, LLC immediately. The sooner we are involved, the better it
will be for your case.
What if I was fired for my race, age or religion?
As mentioned earlier, your employer cannot terminate your employment—even
if you are an at-will employee—on the basis of
discrimination or retaliation. If you have reason to believe that you were fired because
of your race, national origin, sex, religion, age (if you are at least
40 years old) or disability, you may also be able to pursue a wrongful
termination claim. Kentucky law even prohibits employment discrimination
based on smoking or off-duty tobacco use.
Learn More about Your Rights in a Free Consult
Wrongful termination claims can be difficult to prove without the help
of an experienced lawyer—as you will need more than just your suspicions
in order to win the case. For this reason, you shouldn’t delay in
contacting the team at Biesecker, Dutkanych & Macer, LLC. We can put
more than 50 years of legal experience to work for you as soon as you
give us a call. We will also review your case at no cost to you when you
fill out a
free case evaluation form online.
Don’t let your employer get away with what they’ve done.
Contact our office to learn more about your options!