Wrongful termination is a catchall term that refers to any legal claim that an employee’s firing was against the law. For example, an employee who was fired for discriminatory reasons, in retaliation for filing a complaint, or for exercising a legal right might have a wrongful termination claim.
The articles in this section cover wrongful termination lawsuits, including what constitutes wrongful termination, what damages are available, and when you should consider consulting with a lawyer. You’ll find more information on specific types of wrongful termination claims in our Discrimination and Harassment section and our Employment Contracts section. You may also want to check out our articles on Unemployment Benefits.
Wrongful Termination Articles
What Is Constructive Discharge?
If you were forced to quit because of intolerable working conditions, you may have a wrongful termination claim.
Wrongful Termination: When Should You Talk to a Lawyer?
Learn what circumstances should lead you to consider a legal consultation.
Wrongful Termination Damages
What can you get if you win a wrongful termination lawsuit? It depends on your legal claims.
Laid Off vs. Fired: Understanding the Difference
Even if you were told you lost your job in a layoff, you may have a wrongful termination claim.
Rights of Non-Union Employees: A Guide for Employers and Workers
Even in non-union workplaces, employees can’t be fired for trying to organize a union or for trying to improve their working conditions.
Commonly Asked Questions About Wrongful Termination
What is the statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful termination lawsuit?
The time limit for filing a wrongful termination lawsuit depend on your legal claims.
Can I be fired because I smoke cigarettes?
Whether smokers are protected from job discrimination depends on state law.
My employer lied about having cause to fire me; can I still collect unemployment?
Unemployment benefits are available to people who are out of work temporarily, through no fault of their own.