Wrongful Termination

Many people in Cleveland and across the country have lost jobs as a result of the recent economic downtown. Even in good times, of course, people are laid off. Losing a job, or being fired, does not necessarily mean an illegal action occurred.

While each state has laws governing employment relationships, most states, including Ohio, are considered at-will. This means that individuals without a written or other employment agreement are hired at will and either employer or employee can terminate employment without notice.

Wrongful termination refers to unfairly losing a job in violation of a written or other employment agreement, or for a cause that violates state or federal law. Seeking the advice of a wrongful termination attorney experienced with wrongful termination claims in Cleveland is crucial if you believe you were laid off due to:

  • Discrimination: Federal and state laws protect employees against unlawful discharge based on factors including age, race, color, disability, nationality, pregnancy, religion or gender.
  • Sexual harassment: Employees are protected from firing related to sexual harassment.
  • Violation of agreement: The existence of a written, oral, collective bargaining, or labor agreement may make certain employment terminations illegal.
  • Retaliation: It is illegal to fire an employee because they have filed a claim or are participating in an investigation of an alleged discriminatory action.
  • Policies: Employers cannot legally fire workers in violation of their own termination policies.
  • Illegal acts: Employees cannot be fired for refusal to commit an illegal act at the behest of their employer.
  • Public service: Being fired as a result of undertaking jury duty or voting is illegal.
  • Constructive termination: Employees who quit as a result of a stressful and harassing workplace may have a claim for constructive wrongful termination.

A focus on employee rights

With decades of experience as wrongful termination attorneys in Cleveland, Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA has a skilled legal team focused on employee discrimination and the underlying causes of illegal discharge. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated or are about to be fired, consider these steps:

  • Attempt to resolve the matter with your employer before termination through any reporting or bargaining process available to you.
  • Contact a lawyer in Cleveland with a practice focus on wrongful termination claims.
  • Document all incidents, requests, and responses between you and your employer. The possibility of achieving a good outcome on a discrimination complaint or wrongful termination lawsuit may rest on evidence provided by adequate documentation of your situation.

Contact our wrongful termination lawyers in Cleveland

Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA is an established group committed to the investigation and pursuit of claims of clients dismissed unfairly. If you believe you are a victim of wrongful dismissal, contact us or call toll free 888-339-6094 or 216-514-6400 to discuss your case.