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Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Silver Spring
Serving Washington D.C. & the State of Maryland
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.
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 in Maryland of Washington D.C., but drawing this conclusion can be difficult without professional support. Our wrongful termination lawyer in Maryland can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
What Is Wrongful Termination in Maryland?
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.
- Retaliationor 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. Contact our Maryland wrongful termination lawyer today for help with your wrongful termination claim.
How Much Can You Sue For Wrongful Termination?
The amount you may recover for wrongful termination in Maryland depends on a number of factors, including the circumstances of your case and the damages you have suffered as a result of the unlawful termination.
In a wrongful termination lawsuit, potential damages may include:
- Lost wages and benefits: You have the right to seek compensation for the earnings and benefits you lost as a result of the termination. This can include the amount of money you would have received from the date of termination to the present, in addition to potentially in the future if your termination has a long-term impact on your ability to earn.
- Emotional distress: If you suffered emotional distress as a direct result of the wrongful termination, you may be able to seek compensation. Stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns may arise as a result of the termination.
- Punitive damages: These may be granted in circumstances involving extremely egregious employer behavior. These monetary penalties are intended to punish the employer for their wrongdoing and deter similar behavior in the future.
Do you believe you have a wrongful termination case? It's important to consult with an experienced employment attorney in Maryland to discuss the specific details of your situation and understand the potential damages you may be entitled to seek. An attorney can assess the strength of your case, evaluate the damages you have suffered, and provide guidance on the appropriate legal course of action.
Be sure to reach out to an attorney as possible because statutes of limitations apply to wrongful termination claims -- this means means there is a time limit within which you must file your lawsuit. Seek legal advice promptly if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated to ensure you meet deadlines and you are able to protect your rights.
Bring your case to Emejuru Law by contacting us onlineor calling (240) 607-5552today. Our employment lawattorney in Silver Spring can determine whether you have a viable case and pursue a favorable resolution with efficiency and effectiveness.