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Examples of Wrongful Termination


Wrongful termination is also known as wrongful dismissal or discharge. It entails the discharging of an employee without justifiable cause. While many employees feel like their dismissal was without reasonable cause, wrongful termination is based on a limited set of reasons. It refers to termination that involves some kind of discrimination that violates one’s civil rights. Here are the common examples of wrongful termination.

Discrimination

If you have been fired because of your age, gender, disability, national origin, religion, race, or genetic information, you may file a claim for wrongful dismissal. Some examples of wrongful termination based on discrimination are if:

  • You have direct evidence showing you were dismissed for discriminatory reasons.
  • You have circumstantial evidence showing discriminatory reasons.
  • You can show that similar employees are treated differently because of their age, gender, or race.
  • You have witnesses who can confirm that your employer, superior, or supervisor made comments or performed actions indicating they were biased against or preferred certain people.

Harassment

The law also protects employees against wrongful termination on the basis of harassment.  For example, remarks against an employee’s gender or race qualify as harassment and may create a hostile work environment for an employee. Some of the examples of wrongful termination based on harassment are:

  • Your employer, superior, or supervisor made insulting or offensive comments regarding your disability, national origin, gender, race, sexuality, religion, or age.
  • If your employer, superior, or supervisor made insulting or offensive remarks in the presence of other employees.
  • If your employer requested sexual favors or made inappropriate sexual advances to establish a sexual or romantic relationship.
  • If you were involved in a relationship with your employer and its end resulted in your dismissal, or in negative treatment.

Retaliation

Retaliatory termination is dismissing an employee because you want to seek revenge for their protected activity. Examples of wrongful termination based on protected activities include refusing to be involved in illegal activities, reporting sexual abuse or harassment, or some other unlawful act. If you are fired for such acts, it is considered retaliatory termination, which is a good example of wrongful termination. Other examples of wrongful termination based on retaliation are if you are demoted or fired for:

  • Attending jury duty.
  • Taking time off to vote.
  • Cooperating in an investigation into the illegal practices of your employer.
  • Taking a medical leave of absence.
  • Taking time off to serve in the reservist military.

If you think you are a victim of wrongful termination, you should contact one of our Las Vegas employment attorneys online for advice or call 702-259-7777 to set a consultation appointment. Your attorney will review your case and determine the best course of action against your employer.