When Is Being Fired Considered ‘Wrongful Termination?’
There are a number of ways in which your termination may be “wrongful.” Generally speaking, employment in Texas is “at will,” meaning your employer can hire you, fire you, promote you or demote you for any reason – good, bad, random or unfair.
There are exceptions to that under both state and federal law. Notably, if your employer is motivated by your age, sex, race, religion, national origin or disability, then the termination is “wrongful” – and illegal. Additionally, your employer cannot fire you for refusing to perform an illegal act if that act had criminal consequences and it was the sole reason for termination.
There are also various “whistleblower” laws that protect mostly government employees. Beware, as many of those entities have grievance procedures that must be followed before suit can be filed, and those procedures must be followed to the letter. There are also various federal laws that protect employees from being fired if the termination is linked to an employee’s reporting of misconduct on the part of the employer.
Speak With An Experienced Wrongful Termination Lawyer To Learn More
Our lawyers at Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC, have handled many wrongful termination cases and can advise you whether you may have a claim. Call 817-900-9310 or send an email to initiate a free case evaluation.