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Maine Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination and wrongful dismissal are the terms used to describe a situation where an employer has terminated a worker in violation of an existing agreement or in violation of federal or Maine law. If you think you were wrongfully dismissed from a job, talk to an employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney today.

Signs You May Have Been Wrongfully Terminated

How do you know if you've been the victim of a wrongful termination? First, you should understand what qualifies as a wrongful dismissal.

Maine is what's known as an at-will employment state. In the absence of a written employment contract or union collective bargaining agreement, this means that a company is usually free to hire and fire employees at any time and without any advance warning. (Likewise, you're free to quit.)

One of the types of wrongful termination that's easy to identify: If you were covered by a job contract or collective bargaining agreement and were dismissed in violation of that agreement, you were wrongfully terminated. In the case of an employment contract, talk to a labor and employment attorney to learn more about filing a breach of contract lawsuit in Maine civil court. Otherwise, talk to your union representative about the process of filing a grievance.

You may also be the victim of a wrongful dismissal if you were terminated for discriminatory reasons. Under federal and Maine laws, it's illegal for an employer to terminate a worker for reasons related to age (if the worker is 40 or older), race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy. Your wrongful termination lawyer can help you file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Find & Hire Local Maine Wrongful Termination Attorneys offers a free, no-obligation referral service that can help you locate labor and employment attorneys and wrongful termination lawyers in Bangor, Portland and elsewhere in Maine. To get connected to an attorney today, call us at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page. After you answer a few simple questions, we'll quickly match you with a local lawyer.