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Wrongful Termination Due to Discrimination

A vast majority of people who are wrongfully terminated from their jobs report that they were discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender or religion. According to statistics, over 90,000 people file complaints for being wrongfully terminated by their bosses. The number of wrongful terminations has seen an upward trend in recent years with an ever-increasing number of discrimination in workplaces.

Although both federal and state law provide comprehensive coverage against all types of discriminatory behavior, employers continue to deny their workers of these rights and wrongfully terminate them based on personal prejudice. While most cases go unreported, some wrongfully terminated employees seek the assistance of experienced wrongful termination lawyers to get justice from the courts.

How can you sue your former employer for wrongful termination?

If you feel that you have been terminated from your job for no solid reason but rather been made a victim of discrimination based on the color of your skin, your gender or your religious beliefs, you can sue your employer. But in order to win your case, you would require ample evidence to substantiate your claim. In most situations, a wrongful termination lawyer can be able to help you collect evidence and build your case. The evidence needs to reflect that the sole reason behind your termination was prejudice. On the other hand, your employer might defend itself by questioning your work performance, so if your performance at work was good you might have a solid case against your former employer.

What constitutes as discrimination?

Discrimination is primarily defined as unjust or biased treatment you receive only because of your race, gender, religion, age or even your sexual orientation. If you are judged and treated different for all these factors which have no direct correlation with your job responsibilities that can be construed as discrimination. Discrimination can be both direct and indirect. Direct discrimination involves personal vendetta whereas indirect discrimination can be reflected through an organization's biased polices and decisions.

Furthermore, sexual discrimination can also lead to wrongful termination. For instance, if you feel that you were fired from your job because you refused your boss's inappropriate advances, you can sue the person and the company for wrongful termination. Discussing your case with a sex discrimination lawyer or an employment discrimination lawyer can help you evaluate the strength of your case.

If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated due to discrimination or want to schedule a free consultation with an experienced wrongful termination lawyer, contact the Law Office of Michael Smith at (847) 220-5197.

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