Employment in New York and New Jersey is “at will.” What that means is that, unless your employer made a specific promise about the length of your employment in an employment contract, the employer can fire you or lay you off at any time with or without reason.
However, there are some reasons for which your employer cannot fire you. If they do, you may have cause to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit. Talk to an experienced New York or New Jersey wrongful termination attorney at Zatuchni & Associates.
You may have cause for a wrongful termination lawsuit if you’ve been fired:
- Due to Discrimination based on race, sex, religion or national origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy status, or age
- In violation of a written employment contract
- In retaliation for legally protected employee actions, such as employees bringing complaints for discrimination, wage and hour violations, or whistleblowing conduct
- In retaliation for failing to do an illegal act or to engage in an unsafe work action when the employer has violated safety regulations
- For taking time off when you have a legal right to take time off for military duty or voting
- In violation of the written procedures in an employee handbook
If You’ve Been Wrongfully Discharged
Our goal at Zatuchni & Associates is to help you find financial recovery and justice through the legal system. If your lawsuit for wrongful discharge is upheld by the court, you can:
- Get your job back (reinstatement)
- Receive back pay (money from the time you were fired until the date of the court decision)
- Receive front pay (money you could have received had you been able to return to work under better conditions)
- Compensatory damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Promotion if you were unfairly denied promotion opportunities
- Reasonable accommodations if the court found that your employer failed to make reasonable accommodations
- Attorneys’ fees
As a worker or employee, you have legal protections from employer retaliation and firing. Ask our New York or New Jersey wrongful termination attorneys how we can help you receive justice.