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Maryland Wrongful Termination
Have you been unfairly fired from your job or terminated for no reason? Are you wondering if you have grounds for a lawsuit against your former employer? Maryland is what's known as an at-will employment state. Unless you had a job contract or were part of a union, your former employer could legally dismiss you for almost any reason, or no reason at all. There are, however, a few instances when you may have legal recourse. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can look into the specific circumstances surrounding your dismissal and explain your legal options.
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Wrongful Termination Case?
Wrongful dismissal and wrongful termination are the legal terms used to describe the situation when a company breaks a promise or breaks the law in the process of terminating an employee.
Each at-will employment state has slightly different rules as to what constitutes a wrongful termination. In Maryland, most wrongful terminations fall into three categories:
- Discrimination: Under federal and Maryland law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons.
- Violation of an employment contract: If you had a written or implied employment contract and were terminated in violation of that contract, it would be considered a wrongful dismissal.
- Violation of a union collective bargaining agreement: Companies may also be barred from terminating union employees unless certain specific conditions have been met.
If you think you fall into one of these categories, you're probably asking yourself, "What next?" The answer will depend on your specific situation.
If you were terminated in violation of a union agreement, you'll want to speak to your union representative to find out the process for getting your job back. If the union fails to help you, an employment attorney can help you take legal action.
If you were the victim of discrimination, you'll need to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. (If your job was in an adjacent state or the District of Columbia, you'd file your complaint with the comparable agency in that state.) An employment discrimination attorney can help you file a complaint, represent you during the proceedings and help you file a follow-up lawsuit in civil court, if permitted.
If you were fired in violation of a job contract, you'll have to file a breach of contract lawsuit in Maryland civil court. A wrongful termination lawyer can help you file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
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