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Employers in at-will states can't violate your rights

Some people may think of wrongful termination as its own distinct legal entity that doesn't involve other aspects of employment law. But wrongful termination almost always involves some other area of employment law. You can be wrongfully fired due to retaliation; you can be wrongfully terminated after reporting sexual harassment; you can be wrongfully terminated as a result of your employer discriminating against you or infringing upon your rights in any way.

It is important to understand this because Florida is an "at-will" employment state. At-will employment is a topic we have covered before. What "at-will" means is that the employer can end the employment relationship with an employee at any time and for any reason. But when we say "any reason," it actually doesn't literally mean "anything."

Employers in an at-will state can wrongfully terminate someone for the same reasons we mentioned in the first paragraph. They can't discriminate; they can't retaliate; they can't violate your rights. As much power as employers have, both in general and in at-will states, they are not exempt from violating your rights.

When an employer does violate an employee's rights, that individual needs to consider legal representation as soon as possible. They don't have to suffer in silence as their job is taken from them without any justice being done. Companies act in abhorrent ways all the time -- and it is up to those who are victimized to stand up and fight back. If you are in need of legal counsel, then reach out to an experienced employment law attorney.

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