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Louisiana Wrongful Termination

Most workers in Louisiana fall into the category of what's known as at-will employment. This means you don't have an employment contract and aren't covered by a union collective bargaining agreement. Your employer can dismiss you at any time, for almost any reason, with no advance warning. There are, however, a couple of exceptions to the at-will employment laws. If you're terminated in violation of one of those exceptions, then you may have a wrongful dismissal claim against your former employer. Talk to a wrongful termination attorney today.

Were You Wrongfully Terminated?

How do you know if you were wrongfully terminated from a job? Under Louisiana law, the following situations would be considered wrongful dismissals:

  • If you were terminated in violation of a written employment contract. Talk to an employment attorney about trying to negotiate a settlement with your former employer or filing a breach of contract case against the company in Louisiana district court.
  • If you were dismissed in violation of a union collective bargaining agreement. Your wrongful termination lawyer can help guide you through the union grievance process in an effort to get your job back or get compensated for being wrongfully terminated.
  • If you were dismissed in bad faith or out of malice. Louisiana recognizes what's known as the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "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. There have been relatively few cases in which employers were found liable under an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing theory." A wrongful termination lawyer can help you sue your former employer in civil court.
  • If you've been the victim of discrimination. Federal and Louisiana laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on personal characteristics such as gender, race and skin color, religion, disability, national origin and pregnancy. If you've been terminated for discriminatory reasons, an employment discrimination lawyer can help you file a claim against your employer with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.

Find & Hire Local Louisiana Wrongful Termination Attorneys

Whether you live in New Orleans or Metairie, Shreveport or Baton Rouge, or elsewhere in Louisiana, Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with wrongful termination lawyers in your area. Complete the form on this page today, or call us at 877-913-7222. We'll ask you a few basic questions, then quickly match you with local attorneys.

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