If you lost your job for an illegal reason, we can help

Getting fired is never easy. It’s one of the most difficult experiences you can endure, and never more so than when it’s for an unlawful reason. And it’s when you need someone on your side to guide you through the process of getting your career back on track.

What is wrongful termination?

Most employees in Connecticut are employed “at will,” which means either you or your employer can end your employment at any time without cause. However, you cannot be fired because of your membership in a protected category; that is to say, you can’t be fired because of your:

  • Age
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Religious beliefs
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Veteran status

In addition, your employer cannot legally fire you in retaliation for exercising your legal rights. For instance, you can’t be fired for complaining about illegal workplace practices, filing a workers’ compensation claim, taking FMLA leave (if your employer is covered by the FMLA), or filing a complaint about discrimination or harassment in good faith.

How we handle wrongful termination claims

The tricky thing about pursuing wrongful termination cases in an at-will state is that we have to prove you were fired for an illegal reason. Your employer will likely claim you were discharged from your job for a legitimate cause (for instance, job performance) instead of a protected category.

Under those circumstances, we need to show the reason your employer gave was pretextual and the evidence points to a protected cause. For example, if your employer claims you were fired because of poor job performance, we can look at your performance reviews and demonstrate that your performance clearly did not merit termination.

These are challenging, factually intensive cases that require investigation, negotiation, and, in some cases, litigation. It’s critical to have an advocate who’s in your corner every step of the way.

Protect your legal rights. Contact Empower Legal Group.

With decades of experience handling wrongful termination cases from the “other side,” attorney Irene Bassock understands the process and puts her experience to work for you. Irene will be your advocate in negotiations with your former employer and pursue a resolution that’s right for you.

Of course, unlawful termination is never just a legal matter; it’s among the most disruptive occurrences in your career and life. Irene’s network of career counselors, recruiters, coaches, and other resources can help you navigate this time of transition, whether you’re pursuing reinstatement to your old job or need to find a new job.

If you’ve been fired for an illegal reason, you don’t have to pick up the pieces and go it alone. Get an experienced Connecticut wrongful termination lawyer on your side to start the process of getting your career back on track. Contact Empower Legal Group today for your confidential, no-obligation consultation.

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