Being fired from one’s job is much more than an inconvenience or embarrassment. Losing a job is a direct threat to an employee’s financial stability and his or her long-term well-being, and it can be particularly overwhelming to lose a job over unfair or invalid reasons. Wrongful termination is illegal, and North Carolina employees who go through this unfortunate experience have the right to fight back.
What counts as wrongful termination?
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for a reason that violates state or federal laws. While employers do have the right to terminate employees for various reasons, if someone loses his or her job for any of the following reasons, he or she may be the victim of illegal employment practices:
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Reporting harassment
- Retaliation for reporting illegal practices in the workplace
If there is evidence that suggests the termination was illegal, there are certain steps the employee can take to protect his or her interests. The civil justice system provides a wrongfully terminated employee the opportunity to seek justice and fair compensation for their lost wages and other damages.
If a North Carolina employee believes that he or she is the victim of wrongful termination, that individual does not have to remain silent. It is beneficial to seek the guidance and support of an experienced employment law attorney to understand how to seek the best possible outcome to the situation. Taking quick action to learn about available legal options may improve the chances of a successful claim against the employer.