If you have been a part of the West Virginia workforce for any length of time, you have probably heard the term "employment at will." It is an important doctrine that enables either party in a working relationship to terminate the employment for any cause or for no cause at all. What you need to know, however, is that you cannot be terminated if the termination violates the law.
For terminated employees, a number of questions typically arise after being fired from a job. They include: Why was I fired? Was the termination legal? Is there anything I can do if it was a wrongful termination? Because of the employment at will doctrine, many people assume that nothing can be done. Making a successful wrongful termination claim can be challenging, but it is far from impossible.
In nearly all cases, an employment attorney can provide you with invaluable assistance. First, your attorney will work with you to determine if your termination was indeed wrongful. If together you determine that you have a case, your lawyer will step into the role of a legal representative, an advocate and a staunch supporter of your employment rights. A few of the criteria for wrongful termination includes:
-- Retaliatory termination after filing for workers' compensation or blowing the whistle on illegal acts
-- Breach of contract if your termination violates the terms of the written contract
-- Termination for a specified reason when the real reason was to avoid paying out benefits to the terminated employee
-- Termination based on discrimination due to gender, age, disability, religion or race
As employment attorneys, we believe wrongful termination is worth fighting against. We hope you will take a moment to explore our website and learn more about wrongful termination in Charleston and beyond.