Brentwood Wrongful Termination Attorneys
Were Your Let Go From Your Job As a Form of Retaliation?
Wrongful termination is when an employee’s contract is terminated by the employer illegally by breaching the contract or by violating federal anti-discrimination laws. It is against the law for an individual to be fired based on their race, gender, age, religion, ethnic background, or disability.
If you believe that you have become a victim of this particular circumstance, contact our wrongful termination lawyers in Brentwood today. We also represent clients involved in employment law cases throughout Nashville, Columbia, Franklin, and Murfreesboro.
What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?
There have been many cases where employees have reported a discrimination incident against an employer or coworker, and as a result, they were been terminated all of a sudden and for no real reason. This is unacceptable. You have rights and shouldn’t be punished for exercising those rights. This type of situation is known as retaliation, which is made illegal by the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Pay Act.
Examples of wrongful termination include:
- Terminating an employee who is participating in an investigation into illegal practices.
- Terminating an employee who reports discrimination, harassment, ADA violations, or illegal activities (whistleblowers).
- Terminating an employee because of their race, age, gender identification, disability, or other discriminating factors.
- Terminating an employee who had to take a leave of absence to address a medical issue and was protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Terminating an employee who has announced their pregnancy or recently been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition.
Options for Wrongfully Fired Employees
If you are the victim of wrongful termination, your first option is to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or another appropriate agency. You can also file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your company. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to receive compensation for back pay and other damages.
Our attorneys can look over all factors in your termination case to help determine your best course of action. We are prepared to use our experience as negotiators to your advantage as well as be your advocate in court.
Protecting Employees Wrongfully Terminated in Tennessee
Proving the connection between an employee’s protected activity and wrongful termination is often challenging, but that is where we step in. We focus exclusively –day in/day out– on workers’ rights. Our team knows where to begin an investigation and how to analyze data to build a compelling case.
We may look at your employer’s history in regards to layoffs and look for any similarities between race, age, sex, or disability that may have influenced their decision. It is also helpful to assess your performance in comparison to other employers who weren’t terminated and look for disparities. For this reason, it is recommended you keep any performance reviews and save any emails or memos where you were recognized for your contributions.
Start discussing your case with an experience Brentwood wrongful termination attorney today. Call Collins & Hunter at (615) 235-6648.