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Arkansas Wrongful Termination

In the state of Arkansas, most jobs are "at will," meaning you are free to quit at any time and your employer can terminate you for almost any reason at all. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. It is illegal, for example, for your employer to fire you because of your religion. When an employee is terminated for the wrong reasons, it's known as a wrongful termination. A labor and employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action against your former employer if you think you were fired for an illegal reason.

Illegal Reasons to Fire an Employee

Under both federal and Arkansas law, there are several major exceptions to at-will employment law. When a company terminates someone's employment in violation of one of these exceptions, then it may be considered a wrongful termination.

It is illegal for companies to discriminate against employees and job candidates. If you've been fired from your job because of your race, gender, religion, skin color, national origin, age (if you're at least 40 years old), disability or because you're pregnant, you and your employment attorney can file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

If you have a written employment or a union collective bargaining agreement and are terminated in violation of one of those agreements, you may have reason to sue your employer for wrongful termination. In some instances, you have what's known as an implied contract (such as an oral agreement with your employer). It's difficult to prove an implied contract, but if successful you could win an employment lawsuit against your employer.

Laws also bar employers from terminating an employee under what's known as a public policy exception. This means companies can't fire employees for refusing to break the law, acting as a whistleblower or doing things that are allowed under the law, such as serving on jury duty or filing a workers' compensation claim.

Finally, Arkansas law recognizes what's known as the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. "Examples of bad faith terminations include an employer firing an older employee to avoid paying retirement benefits or terminating a salesman just before a large commission on a completed sale is payable," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. "There have been relatively few cases in which employers were found liable under an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing theory."

Find & Hire Local Arkansas Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you think you've been wrongfully terminated from your job, contact local wrongful termination lawyers as soon as possible. Attorneys.com offers a free service that can help you find Arkansas lawyers in your area. Call us at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page today.

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