Being fired from your job is financially and emotionally devastating, especially if you were fired for the wrong reasons. We can innovatively and aggressively help you fight back. Ohio law presumes that unless there is an employment contract, employment is “at will,” meaning that most employers do not need a good reason to let an employee go. However, federal and state law makes it illegal to fire an employee based upon these reasons:
- National origin
It Is Also Illegal For An Employer to Discharge An Employee:
- For refusing to break a law or regulation
- For filing a claim for workers’ compensation
- For complaining about illegal discrimination or safety violations
- For taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
- When the firing is against clear public policy
And, if an employment contract, labor agreement, or employee handbook applies, an employer may be liable for failing to follow the terms of those documents.
Protecting Employees Against Workplace Discrimination
Not only is it illegal to fire an employee based upon the employee’s race or gender, it is illegal to treat employees differently based upon those reasons. That is, an employer could be liable for using an employee’s age, race, sex, national origin or religious affiliation in determining:
- Job assignments
- Work hours
All too often, illegal discrimination involves sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. Employees may have a discrimination claim against their employer if repeated sexual advances or comments made them feel so uncomfortable that they were forced to quit their job.
Talk to Us about Your Employment Dispute
Not sure if you have a legal claim against your employer? Contact an employment law attorney at Steuer, Escovar & Coleman Co. LPA. Act quickly by calling our Lakewood, Ohio 800-369-8121, because you have a short time in which to make a discrimination complaint. We will take the time to listen to your side of the story. Keeping your information confidential, we can help you decide your next important step.