Wrongful Termination, Laws and Definition | Fitapelli &  Schaffer

Many employees experience wrongful dismissal through discrimination by their employer, but never take legal action for it because they don’t realize they are actually a victim. Even when you have “at will” employment, discrimination can be a cause for a claim of wrongful termination. New York and federal laws are complicated, so it is important for a lawyer to review your case. Each case of wrongful dismissal is different and can be difficult to determine on your own, so seek the help of the New York employment attorneys of Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP to help you determine if your rights were violated.

Here are a few factors to keep in mind that may assist you in protecting your rights and can also help Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP determine if you have been a victim of discrimination.

  1. Understand your rights- New York and federal laws protect employees from being discriminated against because of their race, age, religion, disability, sex, pregnancy and national origin.
  2. Don’t be afraid to complain- If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, you should complain to human resources or management in order to protect your rights. Remember, it is illegal for your employer to fire you because you complained.
  3. Show your employer did something wrong- To prove discrimination, it is essential to demonstrate that your employer had a prejudice against you based on your protected class. Most of the time in employment discrimination, the employer will try to claim they fired you for performance issues and not for the reason s you claim.
  4. Get physical proof-The more proof you have against your employer for wrongful dismissal, the better your chances are at winning the case. Any complaints you make should be in writing, preferably by e-mail, so there is a record of such complaints. Remember, never remove any documents from your job that were not given to you, or that you are not entitled to have.

The above list is merely a brief outline of some important points to remember and is in no way a complete guideline for bringing a case for wrongful termination. If you feel you may be the victim of discrimination and wrongful termination, it is advisable to seek professional representation. Consulting New York employment attorneys, such as Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP may be your key to understanding your rights and determining if you have a case.

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Our New York City employment lawyers focus exclusively on the representation of employees.  We have successfully litigated numerous wrongful termination cases on behalf of many employees who work or have worked in New York City or New York State against some of the biggest New York employers, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements.  The New York City employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP work tirelessly to advocate for the rights of hard working employees who have been subjected to wrongful termination and other violations of New York and federal employment laws.

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