People are let go from their jobs every day in the United States. With many states allowing employers to dismiss employees at any time for any reason, it makes sense that there are thousands who are left without a job because of a decision their employer may have made for any random reason. In some cases, an employer’s choice to terminate an employee is wrong and leads to a wrongful termination claim being filed against them.
A former hospital employee was recently awarded a $600,000 settlement in a wrongful termination case against her former employer. Her termination occurred two years ago while she was on medical leave, but prior to this she allegedly experienced incidents of discrimination and was also unfairly denied a promotion for a position she felt she should have been awarded. However, her former employer reportedly claimed that her allegations were untrue and were being made due to the woman being upset about not getting the promotion.
Wrongful termination can occur in any state. Employers choose to dismiss employees for various reasons, but it still needs to be for a valid reason. Some employees may choose to fight their decision and file a claim against them, but not everyone knows when they have been wrongfully terminated, so they may just accept their employer’s decisions and move on to another job.
When people feel as though they have been wrongfully terminated by their employer, they should not hesitate to seek legal assistance. It is never right for an employer to treat their employees unfairly, and the employees should do what they can to prevent it from occurring. This may mean filing a claim and hiring an attorney to help them win their case, so their employer can be reprimanded for this unfair treatment.
Source: Times Free Press, “Erlanger and former CEO settle wrongful-termination lawsuit,” Zach Peterson, Oct. 7, 2015