Most employees work hard and take their job very seriously. When they are fired, it can be extremely upsetting, but being terminated for an unlawful reason can be even more frustrating. Sometimes, employees do not understand that their termination was unlawful, or that they may be able to take legal action. A Columbus wrongful termination attorney will have a thorough knowledge of the state and federal laws surrounding unlawful terminations and can help protect employees’ rights.
Ohio is an at-will employment state, which means that usually employers can fire employees with or without cause, and with or without notice. While this law does provide employers with a lot of leeway, it does not mean that they are allowed to violate the legal rights of their employees. When a termination violates state and federal employment laws, it may be a wrongful termination. For example, if an employer fired an employee for discriminatory reasons, such as their race, that is a violation of federal and state law. Terminations that violate public policy are also sometimes illegal.
Being fired for unlawful reasons is extremely upsetting. Employees are often shocked, angry, and do not know what to do. The steps taken soon after the termination are important, as they can greatly affect a potential case. After a wrongful termination, employees should:
When employees are wrongfully terminated, there are also several things they should not do. These include:
If you feel as though you have been wrongfully terminated, our Columbus wrongful termination attorneys at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC are here to help. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing employees who have been fired unlawfully, and they will put that experience to work for you. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a confidential conference with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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