Protecting Victims' Rights for More Than 30 Years
If you were recently fired and are questioning the legality of your dismissal, attorney Dan Atkerson in Allen, TX, can help you explore the circumstances of your termination. There is no shortage of wrongful termination lawyers in the area, but Dan Atkerson has protected employees' rights for more than 32 years. If you believe you have been unfairly terminated, contact our firm, or call us at (214) 383-3606 today to review your case in more detail.
Despite the at-will status of employment in Texas, wrongful discharge still happens. When it does, enlist the help of an employment law attorney. The Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson
What Qualifies as Wrongful Dismissal?
Texas is an at-will state, so there are many legal reasons an employer can terminate your position even if they are not fair or good. However, there are situations where an employer is in violation of state and federal law for firing you.
You may be a victim of wrongful discharge if:
- You are fired because of your national origin, gender, age, race, color or a disability. Note: If you are fired for other workplace discrimination reasons that are not legally protected, wrongful termination laws may not apply to your claim. Talk to an employment attorney near you to learn what classes of employees are legally protected.
- You are fired for reporting workplace discrimination.
- You are fired after filing for workers’ compensation.
- You are fired for taking time off work to serve on a jury.
- You are fired because you are an active-duty member of the military or are in training.
- You work at a nursing home, mental health facility, hospital, or rehabilitation center and are fired for whistleblowing.
- You are a government employee terminated for reporting illegal activity.
- You are fired for claiming overtime or other wage claims.
- You are fired for reporting violations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which pertains to accounting and securities.
Defamation of Character
In order to avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit, some employers will make up false reasons for why they terminated you. This is known as defamation of character. You might have a case if your employer defamed you to bolster its case for your termination.
For example, if he or she accused you of doing drugs as a reason for firing you, and you did not use controlled substances, a wrongful termination attorney can help reveal this discrepancy to the court.
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When you have a contract for a specific period and are satisfying the terms of that employment contract, an employer may not fire you before your contract ends. If you are fired in breach of employment contract, you may have a case for a wrongful termination lawsuit. To learn more about your rights and to seek legal guidance, please send us a message or call us at (214) 383-3606.