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Nevada Wrongful Termination

In many situations—but not all—Nevada employers are free to terminate employees with no warning and for almost any reason. Instances where an employer shouldn't terminate an employee, but does so anyway, are called wrongful terminations or wrongful dismissals. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you've been dismissed from a job

Illegal Reasons to Terminate a Worker

There are several types of dismissals that can be considered wrongful terminations. Some dismissals are actually illegal under federal and Nevada laws. Others are civil torts—not illegal, but still wrong because they violate a pre-existing law or contract.

It is illegal for a company to dismiss a worker for reasons that are discriminatory. Federal and Nevada laws ban employment discrimination against employees based on the employee's age (if at least 40 years old), religion, gender, gender identity or expression, skin color, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy status.

It is also illegal for an employer to dismiss an employee for taking action that's allowed by law. For example, an employer couldn't terminate you simply because you reported for jury duty or filed a discrimination complaint. (This is known as the public policy exception.)

Finally, it's illegal for a business to terminate a worker in violation of 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 are two instances where wrongful dismissal is a civil tort. If you have a written or implied job contract and are terminated in violation of that contract, you have grounds for a breach of contract lawsuit in Nevada civil court. Or, if you're a union member who was fired in violation of your union collective bargaining agreement, you should be entitled to file a grievance with your union.

Because there are several types of wrongful dismissals, there are different legal ways to address each situation. Your wrongful dismissal lawyer or employment attorney can listen to the details of your termination and then advise you on the best way to proceed.

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