Unexpectedly Terminated From Job?
If you have been unexpectedly terminated from your job, you are probably anxious and upset, especially if the explanation doesn´t seem to match the actual circumstances of what was happening at work. You might have a legal claim of wrongful termination against your former employer. The following information will help you understand your rights in cases where you believe you have been unfairly terminated from your job.
A Brief Intro to Nevada Employment Law
If you are employed in Nevada, you are considered to be an “at-will” employee, meaning that either you or your employer can terminate the employment agreement at any time. There are advantages and disadvantages to this type of employment status. For the employee, there is flexibility to resign without having any moral or legal obligation to give notice. On the flip side, the employer also has the advantage of being able to fire or let go of an employee and does not have a legal or moral obligation to provide a reason or give notice.
However, there are exceptions. If you have been terminated from your job for the “wrong” reason, you may still be able to make a case against your former employer, particularly if you are a person who is considered to be in a protected class. In Nevada, the law states that an employee can not be discriminated against based on things such as race, color, sex, religion, disability, gender, age, or active military status.
Exceptions to the Rules
Sometimes the reason you have been terminated from your job is not as clear-cut as in the above examples. Discrimination is often a subtle factor that is difficult to prove. Within these categories, there exist subcategories that might also protect you from being terminated from your job for no cause. There may be other ways you can argue your rights regarding unlawful termination. Have you signed a written contract of some kind or was your job agreement verbal only? Were you repeatedly reassured that your job was secure if you continued to do excellent work or continued to produce stellar results, and can those results be documented? You may have a case.
Get Legal Advice Before Proceeding After Being Terminated From Job
If, after reading this article, you believe you might have been wrongfully terminated from your job, now is the time to contact our offices for a consultation. We can orient you to the specific laws and protocols that apply in your case and defend you in a lawsuit against your employer. In some cases, we may be able to negotiate with your employer to obtain severance pay, benefits extension, and free career counseling advice. Our experienced Nevada employment attorneys are available to speak with you and answer all your questions. Contact us online or by calling 702-259-7777 to schedule an initial consultation to review your case.