In the wake of having your employment terminated by your employer, it is easy to immediately begin thinking about how you were wronged by the company. Most people would understandably feel this way. However, not every firing is done in an illegal or immoral fashion. In many cases, a business proceeds with the process of terminating employment in a compliant way.
However, there are also cases where the company proceeds with the process in an illegal or wrongful manner. When someone is wrongfully discharged from a job, it can have a terrible impact on their lives going forward. This is why it should never happen. But when it does, the affected individual needs to stand up for his or her interests and hold their employer accountable.
There are a few things to consider if you believe wrongful termination applies in your case. First, know that most employment arrangements are considered "at-will." This means either party in the arrangement, the employer or the employee, can "terminate the relationship with or without reason." However, this doesn't give a company a license to do anything they want in regards to their employees. They still can't discriminate; they still can't retaliate; and they still can't violate the terms of a contract it has with an employee.
The specific circumstances of a given wrongful termination case are going to be a little different every time. Some employees may be wrongfully fired for taking time off; some may be wrongfully terminated for being part of a protected class; some may be fired outside of the authority granted by the company's rules and policies. Depending on the situation, your arguments in court during a wrongful termination lawsuit will differ.