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Mississippi Wrongful Termination

When a Mississippi employer terminates an employee in violation of the law, it's known as a wrongful termination or wrongful dismissal. Although most employment in the state is at-will, meaning the company and the worker are free to end the employee-employer relationship at any times, there are exceptions. A wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you think you've been wrongfully let go from your job.

Wrongful Termination FAQ

Is wrongful termination illegal?

It depends on the specific circumstances. For example, it is illegal for a company to terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons or for doing something (such as whistleblowing or filing a workers' compensation claim) that's allowed by public policy. Other types of wrongful termination—such as letting an employee go in violation of an employment contract or union collective bargaining agreement—aren't illegal but rather are matters of civil law.

My employer promised that I'd have a job if I met certain conditions. I kept my end of the deal but I was still laid off. Is that wrongful termination?

You may have a case, regardless of whether the promise was verbal or in writing. (Mississippi is one of the states that does recognize the concept of an implied contract.) Talk to an employment attorney about filing a breach of contract case against your former employer in civil court.

My former employer laid off a bunch of people—all of whom were approaching retirement age. Is that age discrimination?

It may be. Under federal law, it is illegal for a business to discriminate against employees who are at least 40 years old. Your wrongful termination lawyer or discrimination attorney can help you file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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