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Massachusetts Wrongful Termination

At-will employment laws give states like Massachusetts the right to freely hire and terminate employees for almost any reason. But there are still some situations where a company can't legally end its relationship with an employee. These situations are known as wrongful terminations or wrongful dismissals. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you think you've been wrongfully dismissed from your job.

When Is it Illegal to Terminate an Employee?

There are several instances where a Massachusetts employer cannot terminate a worker. Wrongful termination occurs when an employer terminates a worker:

  • In violation of a written or implied employment contract
  • In violation of a union collective bargaining agreement
  • For reasons that are discriminatory under federal or Massachusetts law
  • For reasons that violate the public interest (for example, terminating an employee for filing for workers' compensation or reporting for jury duty)
  • For reasons that violate the "covenant of good faith and fair dealing," which says employers can't terminate an employee for malicious reasons, such as to avoid paying a big commission

If you think you've been terminated for any of these reasons, speak with a labor and employment attorney or wrongful termination lawyer immediately. Your attorney can help you take the appropriate legal action against your former employee. This may include filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, or filing a lawsuit in civil court.

Find & Hire Local Massachusetts Wrongful Termination Attorneys

Attorneys.com offers a free lawyer referral service that can help you locate wrongful termination lawyers in Boston, Springfield or elsewhere in Massachusetts. Call us today at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. We'll ask you a few basic questions then match you with lawyers in your area.

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