This is the second post in our series on the handling of wrongful termination cases in Atlanta, Georgia. Our last article provided an overview of topics we will be discussing and stressed the need to contact an attorney immediately if you believe you have been wrongfully fired. It is important to understand that you have a limited amount of time in which to bring an action against your former company and if you miss this window then you may not get your day in Court. In this article we will discuss another important topic – whether or not you can file a wrongful termination case against your employer.
It is common for Atlanta employees who have lost their job to feel that they were wrongfully terminated. One may have worked at a company for years or even decades. The American dream is partially based on an idea that one devotes their time and effort to the company and the employer, in turn, is to show loyalty to the employee. This dynamic understandably creates a belief amongst workers that they “have a right” to their employment. They then feel that this right is violated when they are let go for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In our system one has no right to their employment. An employer can fire them, or lay them off, as long as the termination was not for a reason which is protected under the law.
There are several reasons for which an employer may not fire an employee. These include motives of discrimination based upon age, gender, religion, ethnicity, or some other protected trait. A company may also not terminate an employee as retaliation for the employee asserting a right; employers, for example, may not fire a worker simply because they filed a claim with the EEOC. These are just a few examples of protections people receive in the workplace. It is important to understand, however, that it will not be deemed “wrongful termination” if you were let go after working at a company for many years, if you were fired due to legitimate disagreements with your boss, or if you were let go for legitimate reasons of company policy.
There are multiple reasons to contact an attorney if you feel your rights have been violated. First, if you miss your statute of limitations in which a claim must be brought then you will be prohibited from recovering damages. Second, an attorney can assist you in determining whether you have a right to seek redress against your former company. If a claim is viable then counsel can guide you through the process and make sure that your rights are protected throughout.
Contact our office today to speak with an Atlanta wrongful termination lawyer. We 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.