Being fired from a job is a scary, destabilizing experience, and we know you have a lot of questions. When you are in turmoil because you’ve lost your job, our experienced legal team at Hall & Lampros, LLP is here to serve you and protect your rights. If you suspect you have been wrongfully or illegally fired, you’re going to need a savvy legal representative by your side to help you achieve a positive result.
The sooner you bring us on board, the better. Call us today at (404) 876-8100.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires someone for reasons that are legally illegitimate. An employer cannot take away your job for protected reasons, such as your:
- Union membership
- Ethnicity/national origin
- Familial or relationship status
- Religious views (or lack thereof)
- Exercising your legal rights as an employee
- Filing important safety complaints
- Political affiliation or activity
- Sexual orientation
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Termination Case?
If you and your employment lawyer convince the court that your employer fired you unlawfully, you may be able to demand compensation from your employer in order to cover the cost of the losses created by your unemployment, such as lost benefits, lost wages, lost savings, etc.
It is unwise to bring a wrongful termination suit against your employer in order to get back at them for letting you go. However, it they have legitimately violated the law in their reasons for firing you and it has resulted in real financial loss, you may have a case.
What if I Was Fired for Taking Legal Action Against My Employer/Company?
Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for taking legitimate legal action. That is to say, they cannot take away your job if you report safety concerns, speak up about sexual harassment, or otherwise utilize the appropriate channels for resolving real concerns. You are legally protected from this kind of negative blowback from your employer and you should speak to an employment law attorney immediately if your firing has come in the wake of such controversy.
In an At-Will State Like Georgia, How Can I Know if I Was Discriminatorily Fired?
It is very challenging to know for sure whether your employer fired you illegitimately in an at-will state such as Georgia, in which your employer can fire you without giving a stated reason. This can make it difficult to pin down the exact reasons for your firing, even if you have a strong suspicion it has something to do with race, creed, union involvement, or something else. One way to get a better idea of the reasons for your termination is to ask to view your personnel file and review all notes about your firing, job performance, etc.