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Indiana Wrongful Termination

Indiana is an at-will employment state, meaning that unless you have a job contract or collective bargaining agreement, your employer can terminate you at any time for almost any reason. There are, however, a few instances when it's illegal for a company to terminate an employee. Talk to a wrongful termination attorney or employment law lawyer if you think you've been dismissed from your job in violation of the law.

When Is a Termination Illegal?

Wrongful dismissal and wrongful termination are the terms used to describe the situation when a company fires or lays off a worker in violation of a contract or in violation of the law.

One of the most common types of wrongful dismissal: When an employee is terminated for discriminatory reasons. It is legal for an employer to terminate a worker for most reasons, but a worker cannot terminate an employee simply because of a personal characteristic of the worker. It is, for example, illegal for an employer to terminate an employee because of the worker's:

  • Age (if the employee is at least 40 years old)
  • Religion
  • Race and/or skin color
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic information

If you think you've been dismissed for a discriminatory reason, your wrongful termination lawyer can help you file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

It's also illegal for an employer to terminate you for reasons that violate public interest. (This is known as the public policy exception.) For example, you can't be fired for filing a workers' compensation claim or making a discrimination claim or serving on jury duty.

Indiana law also makes it illegal for an employer to terminate you in violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. That means, for example, your employer can't terminate you to avoid paying you a big commission or because you'll soon be eligible for the company pension plan.

Finally, if you were terminated in violation of a written employment contract, you may be able to file a breach of contract lawsuit against the company in Indiana civil court.

Find & Hire Local Indiana Wrongful Termination Attorneys offers a free lawyer referral service that can help you locate wrongful termination lawyers and employment law attorneys in your area. Whether you live in Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne or elsewhere in Indiana, call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. After you answer a few basic questions, we'll quickly match you with an attorney in your area.