If you have been fired from your job, you may wonder if there is any legal recourse. The general rule regarding employment termination is that employment is at will, meaning an employer can terminate employment for almost any reason, whether it is a personal disagreement or they believe your performance is subpar. Bottom line is that an employer can fire an employee as long as the employer does not act illegally.
Common Exceptions to ‘At Will’ Law to Consider
An employer is prohibited by law from discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, disability or any other protected classes. If an employee is subject to an adverse employment action, including termination, and the employee suspects it is a case of discrimination, it is important to seek the help of an experienced employment law attorney specializing in workplace discrimination.
Violations of an Employment Contract
Another exception to at will employment is if an employee has an individual employment contract guaranteeing them a certain term of employment. As long as the employee did not violate terms of the agreement with regard to the continuation of employment, they may be protected from termination.
Unionized Collective Bargaining
For employees who are part of a workplace union with a collective bargaining agreement, an employer may be limited to firing an employee only when there is just or good cause, not simply because they don’t like an employee.
Public Policy Violations
Employees may also be protected under the public policy exception, if, for example, an employee is fired for refusing a command by an employer to do something that violates public policy or he or she is fired for doing something public policy required him or her to do such as jury duty.
Contact an Iowa Wrongful Termination Attorney
When you have been terminated from your job and you believe it is an illegal action, it is important to discuss your concerns with an experienced employee rights attorney. If you are wrongfully terminated there are a number of remedies that your attorney can pursue. Don’t give up your career as a result of unfair and illegal treatment by your employer. Contact Marc Humphrey to discuss your options during a free confidential consultation at 515-331-3510.