Securing employment can be an exhausting, time-consuming, and expensive process. Once employment begins, commitments of time, energy, and talent are the valuable contributions you bring to work every day. If you then become the victim of wrongful termination, your life can spin out of control, causing financial loss and deprivation for you and your family. However, you have certain rights under Arizona and federal employment law that protect you from just such a scenario. You can file a wrongful termination claim seeking justice and fair compensation.
Yen Pilch Robaina & Kresin PLC can help you at this critical time. Our employment law attorneys have extensive experience in resolving cases of wrongful termination and more for workers throughout Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tucson. We have a thorough grounding in the state and federal laws regarding this matter and are ready to go to bat for you in fighting back against the violation of your rights.
We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and advise you on your options during a confidential consultation in any cases involving our areas of practice.
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Arizona is an at-will employment state which means that employers can terminate employment for “good cause” or “no cause,” but not for “bad cause.” Bad cause includes termination based on discrimination, retaliation for whistleblowing or refusal to violate the law, or breach of contract, among other things. Employers must also follow the termination limits and procedures laid out in employment contracts.
Government employees are often not “at-will” employees. They have many rights regarding termination. Unlike employees of traditional companies, after serving a probationary term, government employees can often only be terminated for “cause” and can, in many instances, appeal their termination. However, if you feel that you have been wronged, calling one of our wrongful termination attorneys should be at the top of your list.
Can You Sue For Wrongful Termination in Arizona?
Yes, it is possible to sue for wrongful termination in Arizona. If an employee believes they have been wrongfully terminated, they may file a complaint with the Arizona Civil Rights Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or file a lawsuit in state or federal court.
To prove wrongful termination, an employee must show that their termination was motivated by illegal discrimination or retaliation and that the employer's actions caused them harm. Discrimination can include being fired or laid off for reasons such as race, gender, age, religion, or disability. Retaliation can include being fired or laid off for reporting illegal conduct or taking protected leave.
If an employee is successful in a wrongful termination case, they may be able to seek the following:
- Compensatory damages, such as emotional distress, or the cost of a new job search, and more, depending on your circumstances
- Lost wages compensation
- Your termination changed to one of resignation
- Continuation of your benefits
- Attorney’s fees
The compensation you may be granted will depend on the facts of your case and how the termination affected your life.
If you believe your employment termination was illegal, get help from one of our experienced legal team. We can answer your questions, educate you on how the law may affect your case, and advise you on how best to move forward.
Your attorney will review the facts of your case under federal and state law and, if applicable, your employment contract. We will determine if you have a viable claim against your employer for wrongful termination or breach of contract.
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