Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee without a valid reason for doing so. Unfair termination may violate the employee’s employment contract, or it may violate other laws, such as the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. If you have been a victim of wrongful termination, the Rutherford Law Firm PLLC can help you fight for your rights.
About Wrongful Termination
When an employer and employee sign a contract, both parties are expected to uphold their part of the agreement until the contract expires. If an employer fires an employee who is complying with all of his or her obligations, the employer has committed wrongful termination. An employer can also commit wrongful termination against an employee who doesn’t have a contract if the termination violates other employment laws. For example, employers cannot legally fire employees for his or her:
- Sexual orientation
In addition, an employer cannot fire an employee because of pregnancy, disability or taking medical leave.
The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 prevents employers from firing employees who report illegal activities or misconduct to the authorities. This law also prohibits employers from demoting or penalizing whistleblowers. However, to qualify for protection under this law, employees must report illegal activity within a certain amount of time after it occurs. If the employer retaliates, the employee must also report his or her retaliation within a certain amount of time.
In some cases, an employer will try to avoid a charge of wrongful termination by harassing an employee until he or she is forced to quit the job. This practice is also illegal. If the employer’s actions create a hostile work environment, the employee can quit and seek damages.
Fighting Wrongful Termination
If you have been a victim of harassment or wrongful termination in San Antonio, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. However, fighting for this compensation on your own can be intimidating and overwhelming. For this reason, you need a team of qualified San Antonio Wrongful Termination Attorneys on your side to defend your rights in court and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Only a skilled attorney with experience in this practice area can maximize your chances of success in court.
Contact The Rutherford Law Firm PLLC
Don’t let your employer get away with wrongful termination. If you feel that you have been fired unfairly, or if you quit your job because your employer was harassing you, contact the Rutherford Law Firm PLLC today to discuss your options or schedule a consultation. We will help you fight for fair treatment.