In the United States, every state except Montana is an at-will state, meaning that unless an employer indicates that they only terminate for cause, they may end your employment for any reason or none at all. However, even in an at-will employment agreement, there are some protections for employees. If you feel that you’ve been terminated unjustly for one of the reasons below, you should reach out to a wrongful termination attorney Orlando FL.
Race, Religion or Gender
Most employers are subject to state and federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits job discrimination based on religion, gender, color, race or national origin.
The Occupational Safety and Health Organization’s Whistleblower Protection Program protects employees from employers seeking to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected acts. If an employee reports illegal activities, unsafe working conditions or a variety of other unlawful practices and the employer terminates them in response, that may be grounds for wrongful termination.
Family and Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 provides a certain amount of unpaid leave is protected within 12 months for specified family and medical needs. Furthermore, if the employee was covered under a medical insurance policy, the employer must keep them at the same level as before the leave.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal law that protects employees who serve in the U.S. military services. Employees may not be terminated from their positions if they are called to active duty or training.
The Jury Systems Improvement Act protects an employee from retaliation by an employer due to time off for serving on a jury. Threats of termination, reduced pay or diminished benefits, and coercion or termination are all prohibited under JSIA.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of wrongful termination, contact a wrongful termination attorney today to learn about your rights under the law.