Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Silver Spring
Serving Washington D.C. & the State of Maryland
Were you recently fired or let go? This may be an incredibly difficult time—especially if it was unexpected. You may be unsure of where to go next, how you’ll make ends meet, or why exactly your employer decided to let you go. You may have been wrongfully terminated, but drawing this conclusion can be difficult without professional support.
At Emejuru Law, our attorney has years of experience providing counsel and representation for clients in your situation. With an in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal employment laws, Attorney Emejuru has what it takes to identify whether you have been wrongfully terminated and, if so, file a claim and obtain appropriate compensation.
What Is Wrongful Termination?
After losing your job, it’s only natural to believe you were wrongfully terminated. But wrongful termination is a legal term that refers to a violation of your rights under various employment laws. If your situation meets the legal definition, you could be entitled to substantial compensation.
If you were employed at-will (which is the case for most positions), your employer had the legal right to fire you for virtually any reason—or even for no reason at all. However, there are several key exceptions.
Here are just a few examples of situations involving wrongful termination:
- Breaking promises of employment. Some employers guarantee a certain period of employment in a written contract or a verbal agreement, although the latter is relatively rare because employers are careful not to make verbal promises. Even reassurance that you had no cause for concern could give rise to a wrongful termination claim. In other cases, an employment agreement might include certain steps that would need to occur before termination, and firing you without completing these steps could qualify as wrongful termination.
- Discrimination. If your employer fired you because of your race, color, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, or genetic information, they have committed discrimination. This would qualify as wrongful termination because it violates both state and federal employment laws.
- Retaliation or whistle-blowing violations. If you were fired because you filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, participated in a related investigation, or reported your employer’s violation of certain laws, you likely have a wrongful termination claim.
- Violation of public policy. Some grounds of termination are illegitimate, such as if you were fired for taking time off to vote, serve in the military, or serve on a jury. Typically, a court would need to see these grounds prohibited by specific legislation or case law before ruling in your favor.
Other less-common examples include defamation, fraud, and breach of good faith. In general, grounds of wrongful termination can be difficult to identify and prove, but our attorney has over a decade of experience navigating the complexities of employment law and helping his clients achieve justice.
Bring your case to Emejuru Law by contacting us online or calling (240) 607-5552 today. Our employment law attorney in Silver Spring can determine whether you have a viable case and pursue a favorable resolution with efficiency and effectiveness.