As an employee, you have certain rights to your job that you may not be aware of. For instance, your employer cannot fire or terminate you for any reason of their choosing. In all three examples, wrongful termination has occurred when an employee has been fired for speaking up against workplace discrimination, when he or she has turned down sexual advances by a manager and was fired because of it, or when the employee was fired for filing an unpaid wages claim against the employer. If you have experienced a wrongful termination or have serious doubts about the legality of your employer’s actions that resulted in your termination, it is in your best interests to seek out the legal counsel of an experienced Kansas City wrongful termination lawyer. The Kansas employment lawyers of HKM Employment Attorneys have successfully assisted countless clients to receive compensation for their employer’s wrongdoing. Common causes of wrongful termination that we have handled include the following:
- Retaliation for filing a discrimination claim;
- Discrimination against an employee;
- Retaliation for filing a hostile work environment claim;
- Retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim;
- Retaliation for complaints of withheld wages or overtime payment;
- Retaliation for filing a whistleblower lawsuit;
- Alleged breach of employment contract; and
- Discrimination under ERISA or employee benefit plans.
When an Employer Cannot Fire an Employee
Kansas is an at-will employment state, which means that your employer can fire you for any reason, barring a few important exceptions. First of all, an employer cannot terminate an employee simply because he or she is participating in a whistleblower lawsuit. Whistleblower lawsuits are designed to keep companies from violating federal and state laws by allowing the public, which is usually an employee, to benefit financially by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the government. Employees are protected under state and federal laws, including OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program.
Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment
Employees are also prohibited from terminating an employee because of his or her race, religion, color, ethnicity, age if over 40, gender, or disability under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Moreover, an employee cannot retaliate against an employee for speaking out against discrimination or harassment, as per Section 2000e-3 of the Civil Rights Act.
False Allegations of Violating the Employment Contract Should Not Go Uncontested
Employment contracts outline the terms and conditions of the employee’s job, responsibilities, pay, and more, sometimes including the terms of that employee’s termination. If an employee has not violated the employment contract, then his or her employer cannot legally fire that employee without cause.
Kansas City Wrongful Termination Lawyers
It is up to you to fight back against this injustice, to ensure that your employer does not get away with their unlawful actions, and to ensure that it does not continue to happen to their unsuspecting employees. You need an experienced employment attorney that will stand up to your employer and demand that your state and federal rights be invoked. Call the Kansas City law offices of HKM Employment Attorney today to set up a free consultation.