Familiarize yourself with your rights as an employee in Indianapolis. This is especially so if you have experienced a broken contract or have been terminated for unfair, unethical reasons that violate public policy, state laws, or federal laws. Employees who have been terminated unjustly can defend themselves with wrongful termination claims to collect owed compensation and benefits coverage.
What Is Considered Wrongful Termination in Indiana?
Wrongful termination cases arise when employers fire or lay off an employee for reasons that should have been prevented by state or federal law, or public policy. Both federal and state laws protect employees in the workplace from acts that prevent the equal-treatment and safety of those employees. Public policy protects employees, too—for example, you cannot be required to break the law for your job. You cannot be prevented from reporting violations of law that you observe.
Indiana is an at-will state that permits employees and employers to leave a position or terminate an employee, respectively, at any time. But the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Department of Labor still enforce civil rights laws against workplace discrimination in Indianapolis.
Our team of experienced employment law attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of wrongful termination laws, workers’ compensation and severance laws, and can help you navigate the appeals process if you believe you were wrongfully dismissed from your job.
What Are Some Examples of Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination includes actions carried out based on claims of employment discrimination such as:
- Medical leave
- Age discrimination
- Sexual orientation or gender identity
- Political affiliations
- Physical or mental disability
- National origin
- Military and veteran status
- Medical conditions or pregnancy
Wrongful termination can also include:
- Termination for adhering to public policy, i.e. whistleblower claims
- A broken employment contract
If you were terminated for any of these reasons, let our employment lawyers help you learn more about federal and state laws designed to protect you, as the employee.
How Do You Prove Wrongful Termination?
Having evidence to support a case involving wrongful termination is most important, so be sure to present this evidence to your lawyer, along with any existing contracts or communications with the employer that defend your claims.
Get in Touch with HKM Today
The Indianapolis employment law office of HKM Employment Attorneys LLP is knowledgeable in all practice areas of labor law, including sexual harassment, non-competes, and separation agreements.
Rely on our law firm’s expert familiarity on both local and federal laws, including:
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
- Matters concerning national origin or the Civil Rights Act (CRA)
Located in Marion County, our Indiana wrongful termination attorneys work to ensure clients get equal opportunity per federal and local employment laws. If you have a legal issue, call an attorney at law to get legal advice about employees’ rights whether you’re in Carmel, Fishers, or Greenwood. Contact us today for a consultation.