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Hawaii Wrongful Termination

Most states, including Hawaii, recognize the legal concept of at-will employment, meaning an employer is free, under most circumstances, to dismiss workers with no advance notice and for almost any reason at all. There are, however, certain exceptions to the at-will employment rules and instances where it's illegal for an employer to terminate an employee. These situations are known as wrongful terminations, and an employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you think you've been wrongfully let go.

What Is Wrongful Termination?

At-will employment means that an employer can terminate an employee for good reasons, bad reasons or no reason at all. But in certain circumstances, a company faces legal ramifications if it dismisses an employee in violation of a contract or in violation of the law. Wrongful termination can include:

  • Dismissing an employee in violation of the terms and conditions of a written employment contract or a union collective bargaining agreement. Hawaii also recognizes the concept of an implied contract, where no written job contract exists, but where an employer has made verbal promises or implied written promises of continued employment. If you're terminated in violation of an employment contract, you and your wrongful termination lawyer can file a breach of contract lawsuit in Hawaii civil court.
  • Terminating a worker's job for discriminatory reasons. Under federal and Hawaii law, it is illegal for a company to discriminate against workers based on age, sex, religion, race, skin color, national origin, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation and/or marital status. If you're fired for discriminatory reasons, you'll have to file a legal claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. Your attorney can guide you through the complaint process.
  • Hawaii law also makes it illegal for an employer to terminate a worker because the worker did something that's allowed by public policy. For example, it would be illegal to fire an employee because the worker filed for workers' compensation or because the worker reported for jury duty.

Find & Hire Local Hawaii Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you think you've been wrongfully dismissed from a job, your next step is to hire an employment attorney or wrongful termination lawyer. And can help. Whether you live in Honolulu, Hilo or elsewhere in Hawaii, we can help you locate attorneys in your area. Complete the form on this page to use our free lawyer referral service or call us at 877-913-7222.