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What is Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination affects many American households everyday and causes damages that can often be tragic. Both the causes and effects of wrongful termination are terrible and are entirely avoidable. Wrongful termination, sometimes referred to as wrongful discharge, is a legal term which refers to a situation or occurrence in which an employee's employment is terminated by their boss or manager in a way or four reason that is in violation of employment law.

Illegal Causes of Wrongful Termination

There are many causes of illegal and wrongful termination in the workplace. In many cases, wrongful termination is based off illegal workplace discrimination. This discrimination could be based on a variety of factors including ethnicity, religion, or many other factors. Other causes of wrongful termination include illegal retaliation or the refusal of an employee to act illegally at the demands of their employer.

Discrimination Based on Gender, Race, Disability

When termination occurs based on an employee's gender, race, or disability, that termination is considered to be both wrongful and illegal. Unfortunately, there are many people across the United States that are terminated based upon these illegal reasons.


Retaliation is a very common form of wrongful termination. In certain cases, an employer will demand that an employee do something or learn that the employee has acted or said something that the employer does not like. As a result, that employee is often terminated as a form of retaliation. That termination is considered to be illegal by employment law in the United States.

Refusal to Act Illegally

In some cases, an employer will request or demand that an employee commit an illegal act as part of their job. When the employee refuses to commit such an act, and is terminated as a result, that termination is also deemed to be illegal according to employment laws in the United States.

Wrongful discharge is a truly unfortunate reality for many hard working Americans. If you suspect or believe that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, it is important that you consult with an experienced and professional employment attorney. An employment attorney can go over the circumstances of your termination and help you to understand whether or not your rights have been violated by your former employer. If such a violation has occurred, and employment attorney can advise you on how to proceed in protecting and standing up for your rights. In some cases, this will mean seeking reemployment with that job or perhaps suing that employer for your wrongful termination and any damages you have suffered as a result.

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