Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA
When a worker loses his or her job, it affects not just that individual but the entire family. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is an “at-will” state which allows employers to terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all. However, there are limited exceptions to the at-will rule. Just because Pennsylvania is an at-will state does not give employers a license to wrongfully terminate employees. If you believe that you were unfairly fired, call our wrongful termination lawyer in Jenkintown, PA, to learn what your rights to compensation may be.
State and federal laws protect workers from discriminatory practices, including termination, but proving discrimination can often be complicated in an at-will state. This is why anyone who believes they have been unfairly fired due to an improper motive or from blatant discrimination should call Saffren & Weinberg to speak with our wrongful termination attorney in Jenkintown, PA. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who may have been unfairly targeted and terminated by an unscrupulous employer. Learn more about how we can help you during a FREE consultation by calling (215) 576-0100.
When Can and Can’t an Employee be Fired
Under Pennsylvania law, an employer can be terminated “at-will” by an employer. This means an employee could be fired for coming into work late or terminated for no reason at all. There are limited exceptions to at-will termination, including if the employee has an employment contract. Unionized public employees typically fall into this exception.
However, even though Pennsylvania is an at-will state, an employer cannot make a firing decision based on an employee’s protected trait or characteristic. If an employer does that, it could be a wrongful termination.
What is Wrongful Termination?
There are a few forms of wrongful termination. Generally, they fall into three categories. One category relates to discriminatory termination. The second is termination in violation of an employment contract. The final category is termination in bad faith. Any of these types of termination could result in liability against an employer.
Wrongful Termination Based on Discrimination
A discriminatory wrongful termination is when an employee has been terminated for a protected trait or characteristic. The protected traits are pursuant to state and federal law. Claims are addressed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency deputized to received and review discrimination claims.
According to the state and federal laws and regulations, an employer cannot terminate an employee on any of the following grounds (in order or prevalence per EEOC statistics):
- National Origin
- Equal Pay Act, and
- Genetic information.
If you believe that you have been unfairly fired due to any of these protected classifications, ask our wrongful termination lawyer for help.
While the overwhelming majority of employer-employee relationships are based on at-will, some professions and businesses rely on employment contracts instead. These contracts can explain the rights and obligations of the parties. There are usually grounds for “cause” and “no-cause” termination.
An employer must follow the terms of the contract in terminating an employee. The failure to do so could result in liability under Pennsylvania law and the employment contract. If you have an employment contract and were wrongfully terminated in PA, ask our experienced wrongful termination lawyers for help.
Bad Faith Termination
Another common type of wrongful termination is based on bad faith actions of an employer. This is when an employer’s actions are intended to thwart or otherwise disrupt a worker’s employment status or compensation. Some of the most common bad faith termination claims include the following:
- Manufacturing a “for cause” ground to terminate an at-will or contracted employee
- Firing or transferring an employee to affect his or her pending commissions
- Transferring, booking overtime, or otherwise making an employee’s job unnecessarily more difficult in hopes that they would quite
- Creating new obligations and requirements in a job and then terminating an employee who questions the job changes
- Terminating an employee to avoid paying workers’ compensation, disability benefits, or another type of job-related benefit, and
- Many other types of bad faith or unlawful conduct resulting in wrongful termination.
Do You Believe You Were Wrongfully Terminated in Jenkintown, PA? We Can Help
If you believe that you have been the victim of wrongful termination in Jenkintown, PA, learn how our experienced wrongful termination lawyers at Saffren and Weinberg can help protect your rights to compensation by calling (215) 576-0100 for a FREE case evaluation. You may also send us a message through our convenient and easy-to-use “contact us” box available here. Even if your employer says you could be terminated “at will,” that is just a red flag for wrongful termination. Ask us for a FREE case evaluation to learn what your rights may be under Pennsylvania law.
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