Myths About Wrongful Termination

If you were recently terminated from your job for reasons you do not agree with, you may be thinking about filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. Depending on the nature of your firing, you may or may not actually have a strong case. There are a lot of myths floating around about wrongful termination and wrongful termination lawsuits. Learning the truth behind these myths can help you make a wiser determination as to whether or not you should file a lawsuit against your previous employer. 

Myth: Your employer can't legally fire you just because they don't like you.

Many people believe that as long as they are doing their job well, their employer cannot fire them due to differences in personality. Sadly, this is just not the case. In the majority of states, you can be fired for reasons unrelated to your job performance as long as your firing is not related to discrimination. For example, employees have been fired for bringing smelly lunches, being too messy at their desks, and dressing in a way their employer finds inappropriate. This is completely legal.

Myth: Your boss can fire you for exposing illegal workplace practices.

Many employees are fired after acting as whistleblowers and reporting their companies to the authorities. They never do a thing about the firing because they can't, but this is one case in which you can form a very effective and convincing wrongful termination claim. There are laws in place to protect whistleblowers. Specifically, your boss cannot fire you for reporting illegal business practices. If they do, you can hire an attorney and sue them for wrongful termination.

Myth: You can be terminated for your gender or sexual orientation if your employer claims it is for religious reasons.

It's true that everyone has a right to practice their religion and believe as they prefer, but that does not mean someone can fire you for your sexual orientation or gender just because their religion permits it. Your right to equal treatment in the workplace applies, regardless of your boss's religious affiliation. Filing a wrongful termination case is especially important in cases like this since doing so will protect others from the same discrimination in the future. 

If you believe you were wrongfully terminated from your job, meet with an attorney. They will be the best judge of whether or not you have a strong enough case to go to court.