It was a day like any other day. You went to work, and like you always do, you actually did your job and did it well. At the end of the day, your manager asked to speak with you. The words "terminated, effective immediately" came out of his mouth. He gave no real reason, and now you are wondering if there was justification in making this decision.
Numerous Texas residents have lost their jobs for reasons they can't quite understand or do not feel justify termination. It is okay to question the ending of employment in order to determine if a wrongful termination claim would benefit your situation.
When a wrongful termination claim may be appropriate
Laws are in place to protect you from termination as a form of retaliation for reporting harassment, discrimination or unethical work practices. The law also prohibits our employer from firing you simply due to your:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Finally, your employer can not fire you for utilizing benefits -- such as workers' compensation of FMLA benefits -- unless they can prove you are abusing the system, and employees who are also members of the armed forces or called to serve on a jury are also protected under employment laws.
When a wrongful termination claim is not appropriate
When it comes to deciding to keep employees and when to let them go, there are a number of reasons why an employer can end employment without any backlash from the affected party. For instance, at-will employees may lose their jobs anytime without cause -- unless the reason is illegal according to employment laws.
Your boss could also fire you if you fail to perform the functions of your job or if you come to work under the influence of an impairing substance -- among various other reasons. For employees under contract, it is likely that fireable offenses are in the contract.
Want to know if you have a case?
If you believe your termination was not above board and possibly illegal, you can choose to fight back. If, after a case review, taking legal action is in your best interests, you may pursue a wrongful termination claim in a Texas civil court. If litigation proves successful, you may achieve compensation for any losses resulting from the termination and may even seek to have your job reinstated -- if that is of interest to you.