Wrongfully Fired or Laid-Off?
Nowadays, it is extremely rare for an employer to come right out and say “we are laying you off because you’re too old,” or “we are firing you because your supervisor doesn’t feel comfortable around people of your race,” or “we are eliminating your job because your boss doesn’t think he can rely on you because of your medical condition.” However, it is unfortunately still much too common for employers to unlawfully terminate employees because of their race, age, gender, medical condition, disability, religion, veteran status, or for some other “Legally Protected” reason (regardless of whether they call it a “lay off,” “job elimination,” or any other euphemism for termination).
One of the reasons that it is imperative that you call the NDB Law Firm in Pittsburgh today if you think you were unlawfully terminated is that only an experienced employment attorney is capable of determining whether there is sufficient evidence that you were terminated for an unlawful reason. In many cases, there is little or no “direct evidence” that you were terminated for an illegal reason, such as your race, age, gender, or disability. Even in situations where there is no “smoking gun evidence” of discrimination, in many cases the employee can still recover significant monetary compensation from the employer by showing that the employee was treated differently than other similarly situated employees who were not fired for the same conduct you were alleged to have engaged in.
If you were selected to be fired, laid off, suspended, or demoted, while at the same time some or all of your co-workers who were in the same position as you did not suffer the same fate, then you should call the NDB Law Firm today, as you may have a case that entitles you to monetary compensation. Obviously, if you have “smoking gun evidence" of the employer's unlawful motive, you should also call today, as this smoking gun evidence will likely strengthen your case significantly, and likely will lead to a greater monetary recovery.
What is a “Legally Protected” reason for terminating an employee?
While it is true that Pennsylvania is an “at-will” employment state, the commonly repeated statement that all employers can fire employees “at any time, and for any reason” is simply not true. To the contrary, there are a plethora of federal, state, and local laws that protect employees from being terminated for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to the prohibition against terminating an employee because of their race, age, gender, disability, or veteran status.
Simply put, anyone who tells you that all employers in the state of Pennsylvania can fire you at any time and for any reason are flatly and simply wrong. Now, this is not to say that the NDB Law Firm accepts every potential client who calls after being terminated for a reason that is clearly “unfair.” Unfortunately, there is no law against terminating an employee “unfairly” or for "unfair reasons." In other words, while it is certainly true that in some cases, the employer may not have violated any laws (in which case even the NDB Law Firm won’t be able to help them), it seems that many employees who have been unlawfully terminated do not realize that their termination was unlawful, and do not realize that they may be entitled to monetary compensation as a result.
If you were fired, laid off, or suspended for any of the following reasons, you may be entitled to monetary compensation:
- Asking for Medical Leave
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Reporting discrimination to your employer or a government entity
- Opposing discrimination in the workplace
- Refusing to Engage in Illegal Activity
- Veteran Status (current or former)
Remember, your claim may be time barred if you wait too long to take formal action to pursue your rights, so you should call immediately if you think you may have a legal claim. Determining when your claims will be time barred because you waited too long to take action is a complicated determination that should only be made by a licensed attorney who practices employment law.
If you think that you may have been unlawfully fired, laid off, or suspended, call the NDB Law Firm today at 412-301-2444 to schedule a free and confidential telephone consultation with a Pittsburgh Employment Attorney.