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New York Wrongful Termination

If you've been terminated from your job, you may feel as if you were treated unfairly. Maybe you weren't given the opportunity to improve your performance or didn't get any warning that layoffs were coming. But unless you had a job contract or are a union member, then you were probably an at-will employee, meaning your employer was free to terminate you. There are, however, a few instances when a company can't dismiss a worker. These situations are known as wrongful terminations or wrongful dismissals. A wrongful termination attorney can assess your situation and help you take legal action against your former employer, if appropriate.

You may be a victim of a wrongful termination if you were terminated and:

  • You had an employment contract
  • You are a union member and covered by a collective bargaining agreement
  • You think you were the victim of discrimination
  • You think your employer was retaliating against you for exercising a right granted to you by law (such as filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting for jury duty)

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Wrongful Termination Case?

You may be asking yourself whether you need to hire a wrongful termination lawyer or if you can deal with the problem yourself. Because you normally only have one chance to address the wrongful termination, you can't afford to make a mistake—it's important to have a lawyer's expert advice and guidance.

There is no single law that prohibits wrongful dismissals. Consequently, a wrongful termination due to discrimination, for example, is handled differently from a situation where a worker is terminated in violation of an employment contract. An employment lawyer who has experience representing victims of wrongful dismissals will be able to review the facts of your situation and guide you to the appropriate legal response.

Your attorney will also have the experience that comes from having represented dozens or hundreds of victims of wrongful terminations. That will help your lawyer do a thorough evaluation of your case and let you know what a realistic, fair and appropriate outcome is.

Finally, being represented by an attorney also sends your former employer a message: You're taking your termination seriously and can't be pushed around.

Find & Hire Local New York Wrongful Termination Attorneys offers a free, no-obligation lawyer referral service that can help you locate employment attorneys and wrongful termination lawyers across the state of New York, including lawyers in Manhattan, Buffalo and Albany. Call us today at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page to get matched with a lawyer in your area.