You may consider that a wrongful termination is simply one you consider to be unfair. However, wrongful termination usually does not have much to do with fairness. At the Law Office of Jeffrey Fulton, we know that it is important for you to understand this phenomenon so you can take the necessary steps if you think your firing was illegal.
You may be wrongfully fired under a variety of circumstances. WorkplaceFairness.org says that if you have an employment contract, your firing may be unjust if the terms of the contract were breached by your employer. This breach of contract can extend to written information and verbal promises. This means that if you were fired instead of disciplined according to the methods your employee manual lays out, your termination may be unlawful.
Wrongful termination typically means that your firing was illegal because of your employment terms or public policy. Even if you do not have a written contract, being fired after a promise of a specific lenth of employment can be unlawful. Wrongful firing because of public policy encompasses situations which are generally understood to be illegal, such as losing your job because you missed a few days of work for jury duty.
While you may assoicate wrongful termination with unethical practices, this phenomenon can also extend to other infractions. It is usually illegal for you to be fired because you asked for and were denied compensation for working additional hours. Termination after reporting sexual harassment is also considered to be unlawful. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.