Contact Menu Practice Areas
Gallup Auerbach
Put Our Knowledge To Work For You
888-545-2325 | 954-889-5125
Experienced Employment Law Representation For South Florida

What is wrongful termination?

If you lost your job in a way that seems capricious, arbitrary or unfair, you may be wondering if you have a wrongful termination case. In reality, unless you work for a municipality, you are in a union, or you have an employment contract, your employment is more than likely "at will." This means your employer can fire you at any time and for any reason-or for no reason.

There are exceptions, however. Your employer cannot fire you for an illegal reason, such as discrimination based on your race, age, religion, pregnancy or other protected status.

Many "wrongful termination" cases are retaliation cases. The employee complained of unlawful behavior by the employer. In retaliation, the employer fired the employee. The following are examples of wrongful termination:

  • Your employer fired you for raising a sexual harassment complaint
  • Your employer fired you for taking Family or Medical Leave
  • Your employer unfairly targeted employees for termination based on their protected status, such age if over 40, race, religion, or national origin
  • Your employer fired you for being pregnant
  • Your employer fired you for filing a workers' compensation claim or exercising another right of the workplace

One of the biggest misunderstandings people have about employment law is to think employers have to be fair. If your employment is at-will, your employer can fire you for reasons that are unfair, irrational, or even cruel. None of these things in themselves can form the basis for a wrongful termination claim. The termination is wrongful only if it meets one of the exceptions under federal or Florida law.

If you think you may have a wrongful termination claim, you should contact a qualified employment attorney who will be able to assess the merits of your claim and help you advance a viable claim.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Av Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Rated by Super Lawyers Dana M.Gallup visit superlawyers.com Lead Counsel LC Rated Avvo rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Employment 10.0Dana Mason Gallup


Main Office:
4000 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 265 South
Hollywood, FL 33021

Toll Free: 888-545-2325
Map & Directions

Coral Springs Office
5521 N. University Drive
Suite 204
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Phone: 954-889-5125
Map & Directions