Economic conditions in the United States have led to an increase in terminations and layoffs. As a result, there has also been a significant spike in wrongful termination suits and other employment law claims.
At Connell & Foresta, we represent employees in a wide range of claims against employers, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, workplace violence and employee discrimination. We have a deep understanding of the rules and timelines that apply to these types of claims. Call 978-794-7900 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Andover employment discrimination attorneys.
Protecting the Rights of Employees
In Massachusetts, unless you have signed a contract with your employer stating otherwise, you are an at-will employee. This means that you can quit at any time. It also means that your employer can discharge you at any time. There are some exceptions to this law that would constitute wrongful termination, including:
- Discrimination: It is illegal for your employer to terminate you or treat you differently based on your race, color, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
- Breach of contract: If your employment contract states that you can only be discharged for certain reasons, termination for any other reason is a breach of contract and grounds for a wrongful termination claim.
- Breach of good faith and fair dealing: If your employer terminated you to avoid paying you a bonus or commission, you may have a wrongful termination suit.
- Violations of public policy: Your employer cannot fire you for taking off time to vote or to serve on jury duty or for whistleblowing.
You may also file claims against your employer if you have been the target of workplace violence or sexual harassment or if you have been treated differently or discriminated against for any reason. Additionally, it is illegal for your employer to fire you in retaliation to any claims you have made against it.
The timelines in making these claims are restrictive, so it is important to work with an attorney as soon as you believe you have a claim. Our lawyers will review your claim, help you hold your employer accountable for its negligent actions and get you the compensation you need.
Contact a Newton Wrongful Termination Attorney
To discuss your case with one of our experienced lawyers in a free consultation, call 978-794-7900 or contact us online. You will not pay legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.