What You Need to Know About a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
If you are an employee who is wrongfully terminated from your position, you maintain the right to seek damages.
In order to bring forth a successful wrongful termination suit, understanding the basic elements of a claim, steps you need to take, and working with an experienced Connecticut wrongful termination lawyer are all recommended.
At the law office of Stanger Stanfield Law, LLC, our wrongful termination lawyers are available to help you navigate your wrongful termination suit – call us today for more information, free of charge.
Do You Have a Wrongful Termination Suit?
The first step in considering whether to bring forth a wrongful termination suit is working with an attorney. They can help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim.
Many people who are discharged without cause may mistakenly think that the discharge means they have a wrongful termination case. But this is not necessarily true; an at-will employee may lawfully be discharged at any point in their employment.
However, there are some exceptions to this. An at-will employee cannot be discharged in retaliation for exercising one of their protected rights. Examples of protected rights include:
- Exercising the right to vote;
- Serving on jury duty;
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim;
- Reporting discrimination;
- Reporting an unsafe work condition; or
- Acting as a whistleblower.
Further, an employee cannot be terminated for anything that would be discriminatory in nature, such as termination based on sex, race, religion, age, and more.
You may also have a wrongful termination suit if you are a contract employee and you have been terminated despite a provision in your contract that prohibits such termination.
Proving Your Wrongful Termination Case
Once your attorney establishes that you have a wrongful termination suit, the next step is proving your case. This will include interacting with your (former) employer, talking to “witnesses,” such as co-workers and other managers, creating a timeline of events and interactions with your employer, and reviewing relevant policies and laws.
You should ask your employer why they terminated you. In addition, you should ask to record the conversation or get a written and signed statement from your employer explaining the termination. You should also ask your employer for a copy of your personnel file. This may include information about warnings you received, complaints filed against you, and any other information relevant to your case.
Bring Forth Your Complaint
Before you jump straight to filing a lawsuit for wrongful termination against your employer, you should file a complaint with the appropriate agency.
If you believe the wrongful termination was based on discrimination or retaliation for exercising one of your protected rights, you can file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) or with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
How Stanger Stanfield Lawyers Can Help
If you think that you have a lawsuit for wrongful termination, our experienced Connecticut employment lawyers can help.
We have handled numerous wrongful termination lawsuit cases in the past. We are familiar with the process and best practices for succeeding in your claim.
Please contact our wrongful termination lawsuit attorneys at the office of Stanger Stanfield Law, LLC today for your free consultation.