What is Wrongful Discharge?
The first thing you must understand is that Ohio is an at-will employment state. That means that you can resign from your job at any time for any reason, and your employer can also terminate your employment at any time and for any reason not forbidden by law. In order for you to have been wrongfully discharged from your job, you must be able to prove that the reason you were fired was an illegal one.
Your employment may have been illegally terminated if it was for one of the following reasons:
- your gender
- your race
- your national origin
- your age
- any disability you may have
- because of military service
- for taking specific types of medical leave
- filing a Workers' Compensation claim
- some types of whistle blowing
If you feel that you were fired due to racism or prejudice, you should speak with an expert in employment law. If you feel you lost your job as the result of sexual harassment, workplace ageism, for filing FMLA due to illness or disability, or because you reported illegal activity being performed by your employer, you should speak with an attorney specializing in employment law today.
You may also have a wrongful discharge case if you had an employment contract with your former employer which they violated by firing you. In most cases, no such contract exists. If you have an employment contract that outlines specific reasons for which you can be terminated or details a specific termination procedure and that contract was violated, you may have a case and should call for a consultation.