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Wrongful Termination Lawyers PA: Know your Rights

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Wrongful Termination Lawyers

The Lacy Employment Law Firm provides services for employees in wrongful termination cases.  We bring cases of wrongful termination throughout Pennsylvania.  

Your employer can fire you for any reason that isn’t illegal. Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is terminated because of their protected characteristics or in violation of other employment laws. 

Wrongful termination lawyers protect you when your company fires you for an illegal reason.  In addition to anti-discrimination laws, this includes violations of:

  • Contract law/employment agreement
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision, or Training
  • Defamation
  • Violation of Public Policy
 

The wrongful termination laws in Pennsylvania, coupled with other employment legislation, provide an avenue for you to recover your lost wages and other damages should your company wrongfully end your employment.  

If you think your company wrongfully terminate you, wrongful termination lawyers at The Lacy Employment Law Firm can help.

We hope to empower you with the information to detect wrongful termination.  This guide will help you determine whether you have a federal and state wrongful termination claim.  

And also to also ask the right questions when choosing a wrongful termination attorney.

You will learn:

  • What constitutes wrongful termination.
  • How you and your attorney will bring a wrongful termination case.
  • Pennsylvania protections against wrongful termination.
  • What is a breach of an employment contract.
  • Other common wrongful termination causes of action.

What Type of Lawyer is Used for Wrongful Termination?

For a wrongful termination case, you will need a wrongful termination lawyer.  A wrongful termination lawyer is a lawyer that focuses on cases in which an employee was wrongfully terminated.

A wrongful termination lawyer is essentially the same thing as an employment lawyer.  An employment lawyer is a lawyer who practices in all facets of employment law.  

And a wrongful termination lawyer is an employment lawyer who specializes in unlawful termination.

For example, you might have an issue with your medical leave, sexual harassment, or other civil rights violations.  

Yet, if you weren’t fired, it’s not technically wrongful termination.   

For all intents and purposes, all you need to know is that you should call an employment lawyer if you have a wrongful termination case.  He or she will be able to take your case.

Can you Sue for Wrongful Termination in Pennsylvania?

You can sue for wrongful termination in Pennsylvania.  There are numerous federal and state laws that protect you from an illegal firing.

Employment in the United States is “at will.”  This means that your company can fire you for any non-illegal reason. An illegal reason is one that violates an employment law, such as discrimination based on protected status.

If your company terminated you for an illegal reason, we refer to this as wrongful termination.  

It may seem counterintuitive, but your best protection against wrongful termination in Pennsylvania is federal law.  

It provides the broadest protections under its statutes.

Wrongful termination is the violation of employment law that ends in your company firing you.  It might be a violation of statutes or other state laws.

So, how do federal statutes protect you against wrongful termination in Pennsylvania? Back in the 1960s, Congress passed a series of statutes to protect employees in the workplace.

You may be familiar with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and later sexual orientation.  

Specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, commonly referred to as Title VII, protects workers and job applicants from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

These protections apply to you throughout the country, including in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania.  

You can absolutely sue for wrongful termination and you should contact a wrongful termination lawyer if you suspect that you have been fired. 

What are Wrongful Termination Examples?

Even though your employer can fire you for any reason, you have protections under the law. Your attorneys can further advise you on how these statutes protect you and your rights under the statutes.

After Title VII, Congress quickly passed other employment legislation.

These include: 

  • The Age Employment in Discrimination Act of 1967
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
  • The American with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
 

Together, these statutes provide protection from termination based on:

  • Sex
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • National Origin
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic information
 

If your company wrongfully terminated you for any of these reasons, you can bring a wrongful termination lawsuit in PA.  

Examples of wrongful termination include:  

  • Telling an employee over 40 years of age “you’re too old for this job” then firing them.
  • Telling an underrepresented minority that “he’s just not smart enough” when his assessments at work are better than everyone else’s. And then firing him.
  • Inappropriately touching employees then firing them after they report sexual harassment.
 

Further, there are other actions for wrongful termination under state law.  These include:

  • Violation of public policy
  • Retaliation after an employee blows the whistle
  • Breach of employment contract/employment agreement
 

Examples of wrongful termination under state law include:

  • Firing an employee who reports a safety violation to OHSA
  • Firing an employee with an employment contract
  • Terminating an employee that files for workers compensation  

Is Wrongful Termination Hard to Prove?

Lawsuits under wrongful termination laws are challenging.  These cases typically involve circumstantial evidence.  This means that the attorney pieces together multiple sources of evidence to make the case.  

It’s not common that you find a “smoking gun” where your supervisor admits that he terminated you because of your race, religion, gender, etc. 

This does not mean you shouldn’t bring a case. An experienced wrongful termination lawyer can help you navigate the issues and help you establish a strong case.

Fortunately, most cases end in settlement.  So, even if you cannot necessarily prove your case at trial, you still can walk away with a great outcome.

And your former employer will not get away with it.  As Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wrongful termination lawyers, we will ensure that.

Conclusion

Pennsylvania wrongful termination law combines employment statutes with state law claims.  As you can see, there are lots of different claims that you may have in any given employment case.

You need an attorney that is well-versed in all areas that could apply to your case.  The more claims that you can bring, the better shot you have at recovering.

The Lacy Employment Law Firm is here to help.  We have experience in wrongful termination claims.  We also take no fee unless we can recover on your claims.

If you are in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or anywhere in Pennsylvania, we have a wrongful termination attorney that can help.

Are you going to bring your wrongful termination lawsuit to federal court and recover damages?

Let us help you win the damages you deserve.

The provided information is not legal advice.  It is general information that does not form an attorney-client relationship.  For specific legal advice protected by attorney-client privilege, contact us for a free consultation.  

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