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Iowa Wrongful Termination

If you think you've been dismissed from your job in violation of federal or Iowa law or in breach of an existing contract, talk to a wrongful termination attorney or employment lawyer immediately. You have a limited timeframe in which to take legal action.

Illegal Reasons to Fire an Employee

Iowa is what's known as an at-will employment state, meaning employers can generally hire and fire employees for almost any reason. Companies generally aren't required to give advance notice before a layoff (unless there is a mass layoff or plant closing). Similarly, employees are free to quit at any time. There are several exceptions to at-will employment, and it is known as a wrongful termination if a worker is dismissed for one of these reasons.

Employees cannot be:

  • Terminated for discriminatory reasons.
  • Terminated in violation of a written employment contract, implied employment contract or union collective bargaining agreement.
  • Terminated for taking action that is permitted by law. (This is known as the public policy exception.)

If you think you've been fired for discriminatory reasons, you have 300 days from the date of the discrimination to file a claim with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Your wrongful termination lawyer can guide you through the process. Under federal and Iowa law, it is illegal for a company to discriminate against employees on the basis of age, sex, religion, race/skin color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you've been terminated from a job in violation of an employment contract, you and your employment attorney can file a civil lawsuit in Iowa court accusing your former employer of breach of contract. If you were fired in violation of a union collective bargaining agreement, talk to your union representative about the process for challenging your termination.

Iowa law also makes it illegal for employers to terminate employees for doing things—such as serving jury duty or filing a workers' compensation claim—that are allowed by law. If you know you've been terminated for such a reason, talk to employment lawyers about your legal options.

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