Determining a Wrongful Discharge

January 17, 2014

Determining a Wrongful DischargeHave you been fired from work through no fault of your own? Wrongful discharge means that an employee is dismissed from employment for an illegal reason or one in violation of public policy. Most employees are covered under “employment at will” – meaning that employers don’t need a reason to fire a person. However, wrongful termination can still be the case if you are fired on terms of discrimination. Read on to learn more about how to determine whether you have been wrongly discharged.

Examples of Wrongful Discharge

Wrongful discharge, also known as wrongful dismissal or wrongful termination, can take place because your employer is retaliating against you unjustly. For instance, if you complained about the company or spoke up about unlawful activities and your company fired you on that basis, then that could constitute wrongful discharge.

If you refused to act illegally when asked to by your employer and were let go on that basis, then that would definitely constitute wrongful discharge. You should never be forced to commit an illegal act in the workplace.

Discrimination is a definite example of wrongful discharge. If you were fired on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or, in many states, sexual orientation, then that would also be an example of wrongful discharge.

What You Can Do About Wrongful Discharge

It is a horrible experience to be fired, and it is even worse to know that you were let go on the basis of something that was not your fault or because you refused to commit a crime. Luckily, if you are a victim of wrongful discharge, there is always something that you can do. By contacting a Maryland labor lawyer, you can decipher whether your situation definitively constitutes wrongful discharge and then proceed from there.


If you have questions about wrongful discharge, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Singleton Law Group. At Singleton Law Group, we can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and if so, the best method of pursuing a resolution even if that might include litigation. You should be aware that most of these disputes are resolved without resort to having to go to court and very few, actually go to trial. The legal world has a lot of hoops to jump through, and it can be a confusing process. At Singleton, we can help you learn more about the process and guide you through it as smoothly as possible.


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