Recover Damages for Wrongful Termination in New York

Recover Damages for Wrongful Termination in New York

Experienced New York Wrongful Termination Attorneys Get Results

New York wrongful termination attorneys receive calls every day from fired employees with interesting stories. Many of these individuals report that their bosses fired them for funny and strange reasons, some of them seemingly or grossly unfair. They want to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination and hold their employers accountable for causing them harm.

At Leeds Brown, we are experts at holding employers liable for violating the rights of workers. When it comes to wrongful termination cases, there are very specific circumstances that must exist for a claim to succeed. Our New York wrongful termination attorneys have a thorough understanding of what these circumstances are. Using this along with our extensive knowledge of the applicable employment and discrimination laws, we can quickly and easily determine if you may have a viable case.

Our firm has been protecting New York employees for decades, and if you have been wrongfully terminated, we are the passionate and dedicated attorneys you want representing your best interests. We have a successful track record of securing positive outcomes for our clients. Leeds Brown can help you recover monetary damages to which you may be entitled.

New York is an “At-Will” Employment State

Part of our job is to explain that in New York, employment is “at-will.” At-will means that an employer may fire an employee for any reason, or no reason, regardless of how unfair it seems. As long as the employer does not violate a statute or contractual agreement in the process, it may terminate an employee completely arbitrarily. On the flip-side, at-will allows employees to leave a job for any reason or no reason as long as doing so does not violate a contractual obligation.

Because of at-will employment, a cause of action for wrongful termination only exists if an employer fires a worker in violation of law or the terms of a union or employment contract.

Wrongful Termination Violates Law

If the terms of your contract state that you can only be fired for cause or that your employer will keep you on for a specified period, a New York wrongful termination can look at your documents and determine if your termination violates the contract. If so, we can help you recover damages associated with the breach of contract and improper firing.

With or without a contract, when an employer fires an employee for a discriminatory reason, you may also have a claim. Remember, at-will employment does not allow an employer to fire an employee for an unlawful reason and employment discrimination, and retaliation are unlawful.

Some of the most common wrongful termination cases and the laws they involve resemble the following:

  • Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified disabled individual.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you are in a wheelchair but are qualified and capable of doing the job
  • Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is unlawful to make an employment decision based on a protected characteristic including national origin.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you and all other Asian employees.
  • Under Title VII, gender is protected under the provision that prohibits basing an employment decision on sex.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you are a man
  • Under New York law, an employer may not fire someone for the lawful activity they engage in outside of work.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you volunteer outside of the office for the NRA.
  • Federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee who files a complaint, or otherwise tries to stop discrimination or harassment.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you filed a complaint against me for religious harassment with HR and the EEOC
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against workers over 40.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you are 55, and that is too old to work in an office with 30-year-olds.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley makes it illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower who reports securities fraud to the government.
    • Wrongful termination: I fire you because you reported to the government that my company engages in fraud against shareholders

You may also have a wrongful termination case if you are fired for refusing to do something illegal or for taking time off that you are legally required to have, such as time to vote or report for jury duty or military service.

If any of these situations are similar to your experience, it is possible that you have a claim against your employer for wrongful termination, retaliation or discrimination. The best way to find out is to contact New York wrongful termination lawyers at Leeds Brown. Share the circumstances of your termination and let us help determine if you are entitled to recover damages or be reinstated.

Contact New York Wrongful Termination Attorneys to File Claim

In an at-will state such as New York, your boss can fire you because she does not like you. Your manager can fire you because you talk about your dog too much, and it annoys him. But your employer may not fire you in breach of contract or for an unlawful, discriminatory or retaliatory reason. It is not always easy to know the difference, especially when the reason you are terminated seems blatantly unfair or unjustified. But, unfortunately, the reason does not have to be fair.

New York wrongful termination attorneys at Leeds Brown, can take a hard look at circumstances of your situation and see if your employer violated your rights when it released you from employment. Our attorneys can see through employer excuses and determine if there is more to your story than meets the eye.

Protect your rights and find out if your termination was unlawful. Leeds Brown can investigate your case and if appropriate, help you file claims with the proper administrative agency. We can also, if you choose, file a lawsuit. We will work together to determine the best course of action that can secure the best outcome to which you are entitled.

Call New York wrongful termination lawyers at Leeds Brown today for hands-on, collaborative, experienced representation. You can reach someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-585-4658.

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