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Employment At-Will: What does it really mean?
Job applicants and new employees are often given a job application, employee contract, or handbook- stating to them they will be employed “at will”. Every state has enacted some form of an employment “at will” doctrine. In general, this means that an employee may resign or quit at any time, for any reason. It also means that an employer may fire or lay off an employee at any time, for any reason.
However, there are exceptions to the “at will” employment doctrine. If an employer or employee breaches established employment contracts or agreements, violates laws (including but not limited to laws established by the EEOC), or violates constitutional rights or public policy, the termination is not legal.
Each state’s “at will” employment doctrine is slightly different, and these laws are often complex. The wrongful termination attorneys at Phillips Dayes Law Firm are well-versed in employment laws enforced in Arizona, Utah, and California and are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for employees who have been illegally severed from their jobs.
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Common Grounds for Wrongful Termination Lawsuits
Our employment lawyers have successfully based wrongful termination lawsuits on a number of claims, including:
- Dismissal in violation of state or federal anti-discrimination laws
- Dismissal as a form of sexual harassment
- Dismissal in violation of written or oral employment agreements
- Dismissal in violation of labor laws
- Dismissal in retaliation for the filing of a complaint against the employer (whistleblower retaliation)
Contact a Wrongful Termination Attorney
If you have been recently fired or laid off and you believe you were the victim of wrongful termination, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages or a severance package that could help alleviate financial stress as you pursue new employment. The wrongful termination lawyers at our firm have earned a national reputation for defending the rights of employees, and we will stand behind you until you achieve justice. To learn more about wrongful termination lawsuits, contact us to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.