The term “wrongful termination” encompasses all types of claims when an employee’s discharge from employment is illegal. A termination is not “wrongful” under the law just because it is unfair or unreasonable. However, terminations are illegal when they involve discrimination based on race, sex, religion, age, disability, or national origin; are in retaliation for reporting certain violations, or perceived violations of the law; or are in violation of public policy.
Wrongful termination in violation of public policy occurs when an employer violates a specific and clearly articulated public policy in terminating an employee. For instance, it is a violation of public policy to fire an employee because she has exercised her right to workers’ compensation; applied for unemployment compensation; attended jury duty; or refused a private employer’s demand to take polygraph. Attorney Christine Elzer successfully prevailed at trial in a wrongful discharge public policy claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has been wrongfully terminated, you should consult with a Pittsburgh wrongful termination attorney to determine what legal options may be available. Elzer Law Firm, LLC has extensive experience with wrongful termination cases and can provide you with a consultation to determine if you have a case.