05.12.2014

Can I sue my employer for being wrongfully terminated?

Gail from Ransom asks, “Can I sue my employer for being wrongfully terminated?” Pennsylvania is an employee at-will state and an employer does not have to have a reason to terminate an employment relationship. Similarly, an employee can quit without any further obligation to the employer. If the employer didn’t have just cause to terminate, the employee can collect unemployment compensation benefits. But, in order to have a wrongful discharge case, the employee must establish that there was a contract in place and that contract was violated, or that the employer discriminated against the employee. In order to have a discrimination case, the employee must fall within a protected class and establish that the employee was discriminated against based upon age, sex, race or religious beliefs. There are very strict timeframes that apply to a discrimination case, so it is very important to consult with an attorney if you believe that you were discharged based upon discrimination.

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