If your employer or former employer violated a law or contract, you may have a case and be entitled to compensation. Some common types of employment violations are wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and worker’s comp discrimination.
Not all unfair firings are illegal but, if your firing was unlawful, you may have a strong case against your former employer and be able to receive compensation for your financial losses as a result of “wrongful termination.” Some typical examples of wrongful termination include:
• discrimination based on a “protected characteristic” such as age, race, or pregnancy.
• failure to reasonably accommodate a disability, pregnancy, or religious belief
• violation of company policy
• violation of employment contract
Sexual harassment can constitute more than just sexual advances. The law prohibits harassment of any kind where motivation is the victim’s sex, including offensive remarks about a person’s sex. These remarks, unwelcome sexual advances, and other sex-based harassment can constitute a violation of sexual harassment law.
Racial discrimination in the workplace can apply to many terms of employment including pay rate, title, promotions, benefits, and whether or not to hire an applicant. Racial discrimination can also extend to the employee being married to or spending time with people of a specific race.
Workers’ Compensation Discrimination
When workers are injured on the job and file for workers’ compensation, some companies take retaliatory action against the employee such as firing the employee. It is important to know that retaliatory action against employees just for filing a workers’ comp claim is against the law, and the employee should contact an attorney as soon as possible to understand their case and protect their rights.