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Was I Illegally Fired?

Nov. 21, 2017

A sudden termination from your workplace can lead your mind swirling with thoughts, and many people in this situation want to know if their case qualifies for wrongful termination. There are only certain cases where your case meets the guidelines for an illegal termination in New Jersey.

The key guideline in wrongful termination cases is whether your employment contract was at will. This means that the employer has the right to terminate your employment at any time for any reason. Most employment contracts are at will, meaning that the employer has not violated any New Jersey wrongful termination laws in ending your time at the company.

If you, however, have a contract that specifies in writing that you have job security, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination suit. If the contract states that you can only be terminated for “good cause” or for other specific outlined reasons, and you have been terminated without meeting that bar, you should speak to a New Jersey wrongful termination employer about your case.

If there are implied promises in your case, too, this may be grounds for a suit. If you have an agreement with your employer that is implied because of things your employer did or said, like an employee manual that promises “permanent employment”, you should bring these materials to your wrongful termination attorney to discuss whether they meet a case bar.

Finally, if your employer discriminated against you because of your membership in a protected class, this is a violation of public policy and may qualify for a discrimination suit. This means that your employer specifically took action against you because of your age, sex, nationality, disability status, or other qualifiers. Get specifics on these cases from a New Jersey wrongful termination attorney for more information.