have you been fired unfairly?
If you feel you were fired from your job for unjust or unlawful reasons, our experienced employment law attorneys can help you take legal action against your employer. At Harman Law, we understand how devastating it can be to lose your job. You may be worried about how you’ll support yourself and your family, and you may feel rightfully angry about the reasons that were given for your termination. Fortunately, if your employer violated your contract, or did not follow state and federal laws, you could be able to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit to hold them accountable.
wrongful termination in north carolina
Wrongful termination cases are complicated in the state of North Carolina primarily because the state allows employers to fire employees for a wide range of reasons. In fact, because North Carolina is an “employment-at-will” state, an employer can fire a worker for unjust or ridiculous reasons and even no reason at all. This also means you can be fired without being given a warning or the opportunity to remedy the problem. However, this “employment-at-will” rule doesn’t allow for termination that violates a law or contract or was undeniably unfair.
If you believe that you were wrongly terminated, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer and recover financial damages such as lost wages and back pay.
do i need an attorney?
Employment and wrongful termination law are very specific areas of the legal system, and most people do not have the education, background, and experience to handle wrongful termination claims on their own without making costly errors. Dealing with the shock of losing your job and the urgency to find new employment can be overwhelming, and you shouldn’t simultaneously have to worry about the intricacies of handling a wrongful termination case.
Because North Carolina is an “at-will” employment state, proving you were terminated for unlawful and unjust reasons requires the counseling and guidance of an experienced attorney.
Types of Wrongful Termination Cases We Handle
Many employees are shocked to discover that state laws give employers practically free reign to fire employees whenever they like for whatever reason, even without warning. However, there are certain situations where you cannot be fired, and if you are, you have the right to take legal action.
Some examples of wrongful termination cases Harman Law handles include the following:
- The firing is prohibited in the language of your contract
- The way the termination was carried out violates your contract
- You were fired based on religion, sex, or age
- You were terminated because of other forms of discrimination
- You refused to violate the law at the employer’s request
- You were participating in a legally protected activity
- You were fired as retaliation for filing a lawsuit, acting as a whistleblower, or reporting any illegal activities
Like all civil litigation, wrongful termination cases are won and lost based on evidence. If you are concerned you might be terminated, or you have been wrongfully terminated, it’s important to document as much as you can.
This includes keeping all employment documents (like HR manuals or your contract), any written correspondence with your employer (like emails or text messages), and all performance reviews to prove you were doing your job and acting as a good employee.
It’s also important to act appropriately while at your job and to be respectful toward your employer at all times, even if you are being mistreated. Any outbursts or slacking in work performance could be used against you in a future hearing or case.
harman can help!
If you have been terminated for unjust or illegal reasons, the North Carolina employment lawyers at Harman Law are here to help you seek justice and financial compensation so you can provide for your family and move on with your life. When you’ve worked so hard to contribute to your team and your company, and you’re fired for unfair reasons or without cause, it can be devastating.
At Harman Law, we will handle every aspect of your case, from filing the appropriate paperwork to speaking with witnesses, to ensure you have a fair case and strong argument. To learn more about how we can represent you and get you the lost wages you deserve, contact us to schedule a consultation.