Wrongful termination occurs when the reason for firing you is against the law. In Ohio, most employment relationships are considered to “at will” employment, which means that an employer and/or employee may terminate the employment relationship for any reason, no reason, or even a stupid reason. An “at will” termination can be with cause or without cause. In plain language, this means that you can walk into your managers office and quit at any time without notice and your manger can fire you for any reason at any time.
But, there are exceptions that make a termination wrongful, including:
- Protected Class: Employers cannot fire employees based on an employee’s race, gender, national origin, religion, age, military status or disability.
- Protected Activities: Employees are also protected from employment discrimination based on their choice to engage in certain protected activities, such as taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim, complaining of Wage Violations, reporting safety violations, opposing illegal acts, or making other Whistleblower Claims.
- Retaliation: Employers cannot fire an employee for opposing discrimination or is participating in an investigation concerning employment discrimination.
- Illegal Acts: Employers cannot fire employees for refusing to commit an act that the employee perceives is illegal.
- Contractual Obligations: An employment contract may provide that an employee may only be terminated for the specified reasons provided in the contract, or after certain procedures are taken. Handbooks typically will not meet the requirements to form an employment contract, but it is best to let an experienced employment attorney review any written materials to determine what your rights are.
There are a variety legal remedies for victims of wrongful termination in Ohio. Depending on the situation, a fired employee may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the employer and seek damages for lost wages, benefits, emotional distress, attorney’s fees and more. However, wrongful termination claims may be tough to prove and typically require the assistance of attorneys that focus on the area of employment litigation, such as those qualified wrongful termination lawyers and attorneys found at The Spitz Law Firm.
There is a lot of information throughout our employment law website that provides further information and details about wrongful termination, but you should immediately call our wrongful termination lawyers if you are saying or searching any of the following:
- I was wrongfully fired.
- My boss fired me for no good reason.
- My manager is a racist and fired me because I’m Black.
- I want to sue for wrongful termination.
- My supervisor fired me because I would not have sex with him.
- I lost my job because the new boss wanted a younger work force.
- My company fired me because I filed a Workers’ Compensation claim.
- I was fired when I asked for a disability accommodation.
- I was fired while I was on FMLA medical leave.
- My company refused to hold my position when I was called up for active military service.
- My boss wrongfully terminated me when I reported safety equipment violations to OSHA.
- The new manager said that he did not trust Arabs and fired me.
- As soon as I told my job that I was pregnant, my company fired me.
- I was fired for reporting race discrimination.
- I was fired after I was interviewed by the EEOC and confirmed that there was gender discrimination at my company.
- My boss fired me after I refused to falsify information to the government.
- The staffing company that I am paid by ended me because the company I was assigned to did not want any Black people.
If you even think that you might need an employment lawyer, then it would be best to call the right attorney to schedule a free and confidential consultation. The Spitz Law Firm and its attorneys are experienced and dedicated to protecting employees’ rights and solving employment disputes. Call our Cincinnati attorneys at (513) 818-3688. Call our Cleveland attorneys at (216) 291-4744. Call our Columbus attorneys at (614) 335-4685. Call our Toledo attorneys at (419) 960-5926.