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What Makes a Termination or Firing Wrongful?

June 8, 2021

Losing a job can be an overwhelming experience for an Atlanta resident. If they have a family and people depending on them and their income, they can feel both economic and personal stress about their termination. In some situations, employment terminations do not violate the law. In many, though, wrongful terminations happen, and workers have rights to seek redress from the wrongs they have suffered.

This post will discuss some situations which may result in wrongful terminations. The contents of this post are informational and should not be read as legal advice regarding any specific case or claim. When a worker has concerns about the legality of their termination, they can turn to their trusted employment law attorney for advice and representation with their potential wrongful termination case.

What Is a Wrongful Termination?

A wrongful termination is a firing that violates the law. Generally, wrongful terminations happen as retaliation for harassment or discrimination incidents at work. For example, a person who seeks a reasonable accommodation to do their job because of a disability and who is terminated because of their request may have a wrongful termination claim to pursue based on potential disability discrimination law violations.

Wrongful terminations are unjust and unfair. They are not based on cause or wrongful actions committed by employees. They occur when employers fail to abide by the laws that protect workers from unjustified and discriminatory practices at work.

Addressing a Wrongful Termination

After being terminated for an impermissible or illegal reason, a worker may feel as though they have no options for addressing the wrongs they have suffered. They should remember, however, that they have rights under the law. They may be able to see compensation for their last work and potential reinstatement depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding their claim. Their trusted employment law attorney can advise them on how best to address their individual situation and what options they may have for seeking relief from their last work opportunities.