Being fired from your job can trigger serious financial problems along with emotional strain. You might hear people talk about how Alabama is an “at-will” employment state, which might lead you to believe that an employer can fire you at any time, for any reason. However, the law is more complicated than that: if you were fired for an illegal reason, you have a right to take action. Sanford Law Firm in Birmingham is here to help you understand and assert your rights after a termination. Even if you’ve been given another reason for being dismissed, our proven employment lawyers will evaluate the circumstances to determine if your firing stems from illegal discrimination, retaliation or a contract breach.
Federal law bans discrimination against workers who belong to legally protected groups. Should you believe that your dismissal was motivated in any way by unlawful bias, our employment lawyers handle wrongful termination matters when workers have been let go due to their:
After reviewing your case, if we believe the evidence supports legal relief, we’ll work promptly to initiate a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and file a lawsuit, if warranted.
Whether you have an individual employment agreement, work under civil service rules or are protected by a union contract, you might be entitled to relief if your firing violates representations previously made by your employer. Our knowledgeable attorneys review work contracts to determine if action can be taken against a former employer. In addition to penalties that might be included within the contracted language, damages can include income that the fired employee lost as well as harm that was done to their career prospects. Even if you’re being accused of breaching another part of the contract, we will press during negotiations and in court for a favorable outcome.
Employees have certain rights, and businesses that terminate workers because they’ve tried to assert those rights should be held accountable. If you were released after lodging a discrimination complaint, filing a workers’ compensation claim or taking another appropriate action, our firm reviews the facts thoroughly to demonstrate a link to your firing, even if it did not follow immediately afterward. Special whistleblower rules also apply to public employees who are protected from retaliation after they’ve identified fraud against the government.
Sanford Law Firm represents Alabamans in wrongful termination claims. If you believe that your dismissal might violate the law or the terms of an employment agreement, please call 205-675-0726 or contact us online to set up an appointment at our Birmingham office, located on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North.