You lost your job recently, and while you may consider it wrongful termination, your employer may only bear guilt for unfair firing. Do you know the difference between the two?
Chron differentiates illegal firing and improper dismissal. Know whether you have a potential wrongful termination case on your hands.
Breach of faith
Depending on the state, terminated workers may have the right to bring legal action against an employer for a breach of faith. That means the company had the right to fire the employee but did so in a way a court may deem distasteful. For instance, firing an at-will employee days before she or he receives a bonus may represent a breach of faith.
Breach of contract
Did the contract you signed with the company include employment guarantees? If your company terminated you and the agreement notes you may lose or leave your position at any time, you suffered an unfortunate dismissal, not a wrongful termination. Alternatively, if your contract notes dismissal terms or says you have a position as long as you meet specific company goals but you lose your job despite meeting those terms, you could have an illegal firing case.
If you feel your company fired you because of your national origin, race, skin color, gender or religion, that could represent a wrongful termination lawsuit. Besides federally protected classes, companies do not have the right to fire employees for reporting illegal employer activities, known as whistleblowing. No matter whether your company classifies you as a contract employee or an at-will worker, you cannot lose your job for reporting illegal transgressions.
Do not let your employer get away with potentially violating your rights. Determine where you fall on the issue so you know how to proceed.