The sudden loss of a job can have a significant impact on your finances and your future. When you have reason to suspect you were let go for illegal or unethical reasons, it makes sense to explore your options fully. Pennsylvania wrongful termination lawyers McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have a long history of representing people unjustly let go from their position. In a free consultation, we’ll review your case and help you take the first steps towards filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today.
Wrongful Grounds for Termination
In an ideal world, professional success would be determined entirely by merit. However, prejudice, pettiness and other factors not related to job performance can all influence the decision to let an employee go. There are several reasons which are prohibited under Pennsylvania and federal law as grounds for terminating an employee. These include:
- Discrimination on the basis of age, race or ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, health or, in some cases, sexual orientation.
- Retaliation for speaking out against unlawful conduct or unethical practices.
- Retaliation for aiding an investigation into the company’s activities, or for supporting another employee’s discrimination or harassment compliant.
- Retaliation for filing a worker compensation claim.
- Retaliation for refusing to commit or abet a crime.
Any other factor that is in breach of a preexisting employment contract, either written or implied.
What Is At-Will Employment?
Pennsylvania is an at-will employment state, which means that employees without a contract stating otherwise can be let go at any time, without an official reason being given. However, in Pennsylvania, at-will employees are subject to protections against discrimination and retaliation based upon protected classes, such as race, religion, gender, disability and national origin. The role of a wrongful termination attorney is to investigate the facts of the case and present evidence that the termination violated the employee’s rights.
Unfair vs. Wrongful Termination
Another distinction that is particularly relevant to Pennsylvania employment law is that between “unfair” and “wrongful” termination. In our state, it is not possible to sue on the grounds of unfair termination, which can include favoritism, nepotism or simple dislike. Rather, it must be proven that the firing was made based primarily upon one of the prohibited grounds.
The specifics of Pennsylvania and federal law are complex. An attorney with a background in employment law can advise whether or not you have a case, and how best to proceed.
About Our Firm
The wrongful termination employees at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have over 40 years of combined experience representing clients in all types of employment law issues. We will provide wise, experienced counsel that takes into consideration the background and facts of your case. While wrongful termination cases are time-consuming and complex, McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will give you an honest assessment of your chances and work diligently to get you the results you deserve.
Our wrongful termination lawyers are fully qualified to represent clients throughout Pennsylvania. Recovering from the loss of your job can be difficult but the first step in the process should to get a clear, honest opinion on your rights going forward. Contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. to get started today.