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Nebraska Wrongful Termination

In Nebraska, most jobs are at will, meaning either you or your employer can end the employer-employee relationship at any time and with no advanced warning. There are, however, a few instances when it is wrong for an employer to terminate an employee. When this occurs, it's known as a wrongful termination or a wrongful dismissal. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action against your former employer.

Illegal Reasons to Fire an Employee

Under federal and Nebraska law, there are four common situations that qualify as wrongful termination:

  • It is illegal for a company to terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons. This means an employer can't dismiss an employee solely based on a worker's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or pregnancy.
  • It is also illegal for an employer to terminate an employee who's exercising a right allowed by law. (This is known as the public policy exception.) For example, workers are entitled, under law, to file workers' compensation claims, and a company can't fire an employee for doing so.
  • If you have a written or implied employment contract, and are fired in violation of that contract, you can take legal action against your former employer.
  • If you are a union member and were terminated in violation of the union collective bargaining process, you can file a grievance against your former employer.

How you respond to a wrongful termination will depend on the specific circumstances. For example, discrimination claims must first be brought to the attention of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. Only after the complaint has been resolved might you be able to file a civil lawsuit against your employer. But if you were terminated in violation of an employment contract, you can go straight to civil court.

Your wrongful termination lawyer or employment attorney can review the facts of your situation, explain your legal options and then help you reach a decision on how to proceed.

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