Losing your job is tough. The situation becomes even more complicated if you believe that you may have been terminated illegally. For a case of termination to be termed wrongful, you need to prove that the process followed was illegal or that company policy was violated in the process.
Some employers require you to sign an at-will clause when joining their organization. This agreement gives both employer and employer the freedom to terminate their engagement at will. Arizona is an at-will employment state.
However, if a termination violates the Arizona Civil Rights Act, the Federal Civil Rights Act under Title VII, and other laws protecting workers from discrimination and employer abuse, workers could have a wrongful termination case.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
At-will employment allows employers to end employment at any time for any reason. However, they can’t terminate you illegally. Termination on these grounds is illegal:
- Whistleblowing: Employees who witnessed fraud or another crime at the workplace and decided to inform the authority are protected from retaliation
- Discrimination: Being fired because of your gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability
- Collecting workers’ compensation: If you were hurt at work and collect workers’ compensation income
Absence at Work and Termination of Employment
Another source of conflict in PLLC workplaces and one that leads to many cases of wrongful termination is absence from work. Employees are allowed by Arizona law to take days off work for medical leave, FMLA, and even personal days. However, employee rights are also governed by laws which stipulate how long employees can be absent from work. Some employers employ the law blindly when dealing with absence from work, which can lead to wrongful termination cases.
Hiring Our Wrongful Termination Lawyers
The federal Civil Rights Act allows you as an employee to contest a termination decision if you believe it was illegal. Our law office has a legal team made up of the best litigators in the country. They have years of experience in employment law. Their experience helps them establish the ideal attorney-client relationship to help resolve your case amicably. If you feel that your employer fired you for reasons associated with workers’ compensation, whistleblowing, sexual harassment claim, or vague clauses in the employment contract, our law firm can help you get legal help.
Our competent wrongful termination attorneys have a deep understanding of Arizona’s employment laws. They have years of experience in these practice areas and have the competence to handle complex termination cases. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys in Phoenix, and get connected to an employment attorney who will guide you through your wrongful termination case.