Losing a job is never easy. Your world can be turned upside down in an instant. You may wonder what your rights are as an employee and whether your dismissal was carried out in violation of law.
The bad news first. Most employees in Massachusetts work “at-will”, meaning they can be terminated from their job without warning for any lawful reason or for no reason at all. At-will employees can be found across the employment and income spectrum.
The good news is that there are some exceptions to the at-will rule. If your employer fires you for discriminatory reasons, such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, citizenship status, national origin, etc., then the firing is considered a violation of federal and/or state anti-discrimination laws. Other exceptions include firing someone in violation of the terms of their employment contract, or in retaliation for exercising their rights (e.g., family, medical, or military leave; whistleblowing). All of these exceptions provide valid grounds for a claim of wrongful termination.
Generally speaking, any discharge is considered unlawful if the reason or motivation for the discharge violates a well-established public policy of the state.
If you were recently fired and want to know your rights, we are here to help. Let us know the circumstances of your discharge. If we believe you have a viable case, we are prepared to file suit against your employer seeking damages for your unlawful termination.
Contact a dedicated Massachusetts employment lawyer for help with wrongful termination
For assistance with a wrongful termination issue, call Finnerty Law Office at 617-544-0987 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Sudbury office.