Wrongful termination is a common type of employment litigation. Many have been unjustly fired from jobs, but don’t know how to bring legal action. A good first step is to find a cause of action, or a reason to believe that a termination was wrongful. Read on to learn why employees may file for wrongful termination; and to learn how wrongful termination attorneys in Springfield, MA, can help employees get the compensation they deserve.
Why Employees Sue for Wrongful Termination
Many wrongful termination suits are based on employer violations, such as:
* discrimination based on gender, age, race, and certain other characteristics;
* contract breaches;
* leave violations, in which employers cannot fire workers who take valid family or medical leaves;
* retaliation; or
* company policy violations.
Once a person finds a basis for a lawsuit, they should begin gathering evidence right away so an attorney can help them form a legal argument based on that evidence.
Types of Evidence in Wrongful Termination Cases
To prove a claim, a worker must present as much evidence as possible. Evidence can take the form of pay stubs and firing or hiring records, as well as testimony from the person responsible for the termination. A person’s written account of the termination, from start to finish, can be useful as well. Evidence should support the basis of the lawsuit. For instance, if a person believes they were unfairly fired because of discrimination, the evidence should provide proof of the boss’ discriminatory behavior.
Getting Advice from the EEOC
For most disputes, a claim will need to be filed with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) first. The agency will investigate the claim, and they will arrive at a conclusion either for or against the client. If the case goes in the client’s favor, the client may receive back wages and they can get their job back.
Hiring an Attorney for Wrongful Termination
If a person has questions on filing a suit for wrongful termination, they should call Connor, Morneau & Olin for help. Wrongful termination attorneys in Springfield, MA, can help clients file claims with the EEOC, and they can help clients gather the right evidence to ensure fair compensation.