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District of Columbia Wrongful Termination

Under Washington, D.C., law, you are probably an at-will employee, meaning your employer can fire you for almost any reason. There are, however, a few cases when it's illegal to dismiss an employee. When this occurs, it's known as a wrongful termination or a wrongful dismissal. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you've been wrongfully dismissed from a job.

A wrongful termination can take several forms. It is illegal for an employer to dismiss you:

  • In violation of a written employment contract, union collective bargaining agreement or implied employment contract
  • If you are a member of a protected class and are let go for discriminatory reasons
  • Because you did something allowed by law, such as filing a workers' compensation claim or serving on jury duty

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Wrongful Termination Case?

If you think you were wrongfully dismissed from a job, you may be wondering whether you need to hire a wrongful termination lawyer or if you can handle the situation on your own. And that's a good question. A few things to consider:

If you've been wrongfully terminated, it's not necessarily as straightforward as simply filing a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., civil court. Depending on the specific circumstances of the termination, you may have to file a claim with a government agency before you can file a lawsuit against your former employer.

The process of resolving a wrongful dismissal claim can be legally complicated. You may have just one opportunity to present your case and persuade the claims resolution body or civil court that you were wrongfully terminated. You should ask yourself how comfortable you feel handling the issue on your own. Consider taking time to research the process of filing a claim or suing your employer in civil court. Most people ultimately turn to an expert—a wrongful termination lawyer, discrimination or employment law attorney—to help them resolve the problem.

Find & Hire Local District of Columbia Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you need to hire wrongful termination lawyers, you've come to the right website. Attorneys.com offers a free lawyer referral service that can quickly connect you with employment law attorneys in your area. To get matched with an attorney today, call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page.

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