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Types of Wrongful Termination

Posted on August 28th, 2020

Business Lawyer

You’ve been working as a federal employee for a while now and things seem to be going well. Then, out of nowhere, you receive a letter of termination. You’re shocked because you thought that you were doing everything right. Could you have been wrongfully terminated? It’s possible.

Here are some of the common types of wrongful termination.


The law prohibits employers from retaliating against their employees for exercising their rights or bringing up workplace issues, such as health and safety violations and violations of wage and hour laws. Employers also can’t retaliate against employees who have filed for workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, these regulations still don’t stop some employers from attempting to terminate their workers. If you believe your employer is retaliating against you, you may have a wrongful termination case.


Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their race, gender, religion, age, or disability. However, that doesn’t mean that some employers still don’t fire employees based on these factors. If you want to make a wrongful termination claim based on discrimination, you have to prove that the termination was based on illegal discrimination. 

Ignoring Protected Leave

The law protects eligible employees from losing their jobs while they’re on certain types of family or medical leave. Many states, for example, give employees protected time off for pregnancy, parenting, or sickness. Even though these protections exist, some employers still try to terminate employees who take protected leave.

Failing to Provide Required Accommodations

Employers must provide adequate accommodations for employees with disabilities. For example, if you’re in a wheelchair, it’s reasonable for your employer to provide you with a raised or adjustable-height desk. If you’re hearing impaired, your employer should provide you with a telephone amplifier. If your employer fires you for requesting reasonable accommodations or you’re forced to quit, you may have a valid case.

Breach of Contract

Employees who are under contract with their employer may have a case of wrongful termination if their contract was broken. For instance, let’s say it was stated in your contract that you would be promoted after six months. A year later, you’re still in the same position and talked to your employer several times about the issue. Then, you were terminated for speaking up. You may have a wrongful termination case.

Consulting with a Federal Employee Lawyer

If you believe that you were terminated for an unlawful reason, it’s in your best interest to speak to a qualified federal employee lawyer. He or she could look over your case and advise you the best way to proceed. Experienced attorneys know how devastating it is to be wrongfully terminated and want to help. Call a lawyer, like a employment discrimination lawyer Washington, DC from Eric Siegel Law, today to set up a consultation.


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