This is the next post in our series on the handling of wrongful termination cases in Atlanta, Georgia. Our last article discussed whether one can file a wrongful termination claim as a general matter. It is important to understand that any type of firing, which constitutes misconduct on the employer’s part, can give rise to a claim. One may not file a claim, however, over disagreements with their boss, simply not liking a work atmosphere, etc. In this article we will discuss another important topic – bringing a case when the basis for is discrimination. We cannot stress enough the fact that you should contact an attorney immediately if you feel you have been discriminated against.
Both the federal government and the state of Georgia have laws in place which prevent people from being fired on the basis of a “protected characteristic.” Such characteristics include ethnicity, age, gender, religion, and other factors. An employee who feels they were fired for any of these factors may have grounds to bring a suit for wrongful termination. It is important to note that one does not have to be explicitly fired due to discrimination by their boss; it is seldom that an employer will openly admit that such was the basis for firing someone. If evidence can show that one was terminated for a protected reason, and the employer gave another reason to cover it up, then a lawsuit may still be possible. An example of this would be if a company fired an African American employee for being late to work one time while allowing non-African American employees to make being late a regular habit. Whether your employer’s conduct rises to the level of discrimination is a question for an employment lawyer.
It is important to understand that it can be difficult to sue for wrongful termination if your employer can point to legitimate reasons for firing you. If your company has a well-documented paper trail showing a history of reprimands, tardiness, missed time from work, and other problems, then they will likely be able to argue that you were fired for reasons other than race, gender, religion, etc. Consulting with an attorney sooner, rather than later, can help you determine whether your rights were violated.
Contact our Atlanta employment attorneys today if you believe you were the victim of wrongful termination. You only have a limited amount of time in which you may bring a claim and if you miss your deadline then you may be prohibited from filing suit. Our lawyers have extensive experience in helping area employees with such situations and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also assist clients in the greater Metro area including Jonesboro, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.