Connecticut is an "at-will employment" state, which means that most terminations are legal whether they are fair or not. At-will employment means that the employer can terminate an employee that does not have a contract without having any reason. Workers do have rights though and the law protects against wrongful termination. If you have been terminated for illegal reasons you may be able to fight for compensation against the negligent party. It is important to be aware that not all terminations that lack cause or are unfair are actually illegal. Contact a Hartford employment law attorney to discuss your case and determine if your situation justifies a wrongful termination case. Some of the types of wrongful termination cases we have seen involve any of the following:
- Employment discrimination (race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, etc)
- Sexual harassment
- Violation of an employment agreement (oral or written)
- Violation of collective bargaining laws if the employee is a member of a union
Employees are protected from these types of illegal acts. Any reason of termination that violates state or federal law can be grounds for a wrongful termination claim. The retaliation reason is illegal if the act is following a complaint or workers' compensation claim. Employers often terminate an employee as a way to avoid fixing a complaint or out of vengeance for filing a claim. This is illegal and you can hold them responsible for their actions. You need the help of a skilled employment lawyer to prove that your employer violated the law and terminated you illegally.
Contact Cicchiello & Cicchiello, LLP if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated. We offer a free case evaluation so call today and see how we can help in your employment law case.