Cleveland lawyer, Joseph T. Burke, explains wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination is a broad topic, but can be be easier to understand when it is broken down. I will give a basic explanation of how employees are wrongfully terminated in Ohio. It is important to know that Ohio is an at-will employment state. This means that employers are legally allowed to terminate an employment at any time, for any reason.
There are reasons that employers can’t terminate employees, however, and there are repercussions if that does take place. Employers can’t terminate employees based on:
Demotion and disciplines also should not be based on the above listed characteristics of an employee. If you believe that you have been terminated or disciplined for one of the reasons listed above, you should contact an attorney immediately.
Another concern when discussing employment law is a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can be contributed to sexual or racial harassment and is illegal in Ohio. This can become complicated when reporting harassment, though, because not all complaints are protected by the law. Complaints may lead to the termination of the employee that reported being harassed is it is found that the employer is not guilty.
The remedy of a workplace discrimination, or wrongful termination case, may be:
- Back pay
- Front pay
- Compensatory damages
- Punitive damages
- Attorney fees
The amount that an employee is awarded is based on the actions of the employer, but should be taken very seriously. Many times employees that have been discriminated against think that they are alone, but this is not the case.
If you think that you have been a victim of wrongful termination, call my office at (440)895-1234. For more information, visit JTBurkeLaw.com.