Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Jackson, Ohio

A host of federal laws make it illegal to fire an employee for a discriminatory or retaliatory reason. Managers and supervisors are also prohibited from allowing a work environment to become so hostile that an employee feels they have no choice except to quit in order to preserve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Employers violate the laws that protect employees’ rights to hold jobs without suffering discrimination and retaliation all the time, which makes us proud to serve as Jackson-based wrongful termination lawyers.

Wrongful Terminations Based on Discrimination

Without getting to far into the legal weeds and listing off the names of the applicable statutes, a wrongful termination happens when the primary reason for the decision to let a worker go is

  • Discrimination against the fired employee because of their race, national origin, sex, religion, or age when older than 40;
  • The employee suffering from a temporary or permanent disability;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Military service; or
  • Genetic profile.

Wrongful Terminations as Retaliation

Much of our work as wrongful termination lawyers in Jackson involves advising and representing victims of workplace retaliation. Employers illegally punish employees in many ways, often escalating the mistreatment to a firing that is based on nothing more than an intent to strike back against perceived (rather than actual) disloyalty or misbehavior.

As a legal matter, a termination is wrongful when it happens in retaliation for engaging in a protected activity. A partial list of protected activities for employees includes

  • Reporting discrimination;
  • Refusing to comply with discriminatory policies;
  • Reporting sexual harassment;
  • Blowing the whistle on criminal or unethical actions by managers or coworkers;
  • Cooperating with investigations into reports of discrimination, sexual harassment, or violations of laws and regulations;
  • Requesting an accommodation for a disability;
  • Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits;
  • Reporting unsafe working conditions;
  • Requesting or using unpaid leave when qualified to do so under the Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • Demanding to be paid for all the hours worked, including earned overtime; and
  • Organizing a union.

Hostile Environments That Force Employees to Quit

Often, employees who experience retaliation resign before receiving a termination notice. The legal term for this is constructive discharge, and it occurs when insults, bullying, cuts in pay, withholding of benefits and career opportunities, and assignments to dirty or demeaning tasks become too much to bear.

Regardless of how a wrongful termination happens, the problem affects far too many employees. For instance, more than half of the cases the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handled for Ohio residents during the federal 2019 fiscal year involved claims of retaliation. The agency does not report the number of wrongful termination cases separately, but we know from experience that the majority of retaliation cases are filed after employees lose their jobs. If you have quit or been fired from a job in southeastern Ohio due to discrimination, retaliation, or a hostile work environment, consulting with a wrongful termination lawyer in Jackson will help you understand your rights and legal options. Call Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman at (614) 221-3318 or connect with us online. The first meeting is free, and we will keep all discussions strictly confidential.

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