Due to its status as an at-will employment state, an Ohio employer can terminate an employee for almost any reason. There are some unlawful reasons for termination, however, including the individual’s age, race, gender, or disability. Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee for reporting workplace violations. However, some Ohio employers do engage in discriminatory practices like wrongful termination, resulting in harsh consequences for the employee.
Fortunately, an employee who was wrongfully terminated can bring a claim against employers who engage in illegal practices. If you were recently dismissed and believe that discrimination played a part, you should discuss your situation and options with an experienced employment attorney. You may also find some basic information on wrongful termination cases useful.
There may be a case for wrongful termination where an employer retaliates against a worker for participating in lawful activities, including:
Ohio and federal law also prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of:
Ohio workers who were fired on the basis of discrimination may file a claim with either the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Determining the best option can be difficult, because there are different reasons and circumstances involved with choosing one agency over the other. An experienced lawyer can work with you through the filing process and during the agency’s investigation.
Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee if doing so violates a written or implied promise, including:
Though it can be difficult to prove wrongful termination when there is no writing or document, it may be possible to establish a claim through other types of evidence.
The OCRC and EEOC encourage employees and employers to resolve wrongful termination claims through mediation. Where mediation doesn’t work, a wronged employee may choose to file a claim in court. If successful in establishing wrongful termination, a worker may receive financial damages that include:
If you live in or around Zanesville, OH resident and feel that the circumstances of your recent employment termination violate the law, please contact the experienced attorneys at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC. Our employment law team can answer your questions or schedule a case evaluation to discuss your situation.
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