When you’re terminated because of something that’s beyond your control, it may be because your employer acted in violation of certain Tennessee and federal employment laws. Although Tennessee is a right-to-work state, employees like you are still protected from wrongful terminations. Let us stand up for your rights—just dial (844) 888-0576 or fill out a free initial consultation form to start speaking with a wrongful termination attorney today.
Types of Wrongful Terminations
Terminations may be considered wrongful if they involve:
Employees are protected from discrimination because of their race, nationality, religion, sex, age, disability status, and more. If a company fires an employee because of any of these protected categories, the company may be in violation of state and federal laws.
If an employee gets fired after reporting an illegal behavior, filing a workers’ compensation claim, or filing a claim against his or her employer due to sexual harassment, discrimination, or a hostile work environment, the employee may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
- Requesting Accommodation
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for an employee’s disability as long as it doesn’t place undue hardship on the company. If you were fired after requesting accommodation or were forced to quit because your employer refused to provide accommodation after it was requested, you may be able to file a suit against your former employer.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees with up to 12 weeks unpaid leave to recover from illnesses or injuries. If a company fires an employee because of an illness while he or she is on FMLA leave, the company may be in violation of the law.
- Other forms of Protected Leave
Some employers may try to fire an employer for taking time off for certain protected civic duties, such as National Guard training, military service, voting, or serving on a jury. They may also try to fire an employee when they come back from protected leave. If this happened to you, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.
- Breach of Contract
Not all employment in Tennessee is at-will employment. If you were made a promise of continued employment, you may be able to file a claim for breach of contract. Contracts can be written, such as a signed employment agreement guaranteeing not to dismiss the employee until after a set period of time, or implied, such as an employee handbook stating employees cannot be fired without good cause.
Wrongful terminations require in-depth investigations to prove laws were broken. At Ponce Law, we have the experience to hold your employer accountable for your unfair treatment and wrongful termination.
What Types of Damages Are Available in Wrongful Termination Lawsuits?
Tennessee employees who are wrongfully terminated are eligible for a variety of damages (compensation). Your lost wages from date of termination until the present, lost benefits–such as the cost of health insurance–and emotional distress will all be taken into account when calculating how much you are owed. Damages may include:
- Front pay
- Punitive damages
- Attorneys’ fees and costs
The Ponce Law No Fee Guarantee®
Hiring a lawyer may seem impossible when you are out of work after a wrongful termination, especially if you don’t think you can afford to get legal representation. Don’t let worries about the cost of hiring a lawyer prevent you from getting an experienced advocate on your side. Legal representation is one of the most effective methods to get the compensation you deserve, and at Ponce Law, your consultation is always free.
Our Tennessee wrongful termination attorneys work under the No Fee Guarantee®, which means when you decide to hire us, you don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you.
Let Us Fight for You
You may be hesitant to file a claim against your former employer because of fear of retaliation, but our wrongful termination lawyers are here to protect your rights. Let us be your legal advocate in your fight for compensation. We want to talk to you about your case, so call us today for your free consultation.