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North Dakota Wrongful Termination

If you were recently terminated, fired, downsized or laid off from your job, you may be asking yourself if your former employer's actions were legal. It's a good question and a fairly common question—and there are instances where you have legal recourse against the company. A wrongful termination attorney can look at the facts in your situation, explain your rights under federal and North Dakota law, and help you take legal action against against the company, if appropriate.

Can You Be Wrongfully Terminated in an "At Will" State?

North Dakota is what's known as an at-will employment state. Unless you have a job contract or are a union member, then your job was probably at will, meaning you could quit at any time and your employer could terminate you at any time and for almost any reason. If you're dismissed from a job in violation of your employment contract, union collective bargaining agreement or at-will employment laws, then it's considered a wrongful termination or wrongful dismissal.

If you had a written or implied employment contract and were let go from your job in violation of that contract, talk to an employment attorney or wrongful termination lawyer immediately. Your legal counsel can help you file a breach of contract case against your former employer in North Dakota civil court.

Similarly, if you are a union member and were fired in violation of your union's collective bargaining agreement, talk to your union representative immediately. You may be able to appeal the action through your union's grievance procedure.

It is illegal for employers to terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons. If you think you were terminated because of your age, gender, race, religion, skin color, disability, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, marital status, public assistance status or lawful activities outside of work during non-working hours, you may be a victim of discrimination. A wrongful termination lawyer or discrimination attorney can help you file a complaint with:

Finally, it is illegal for an employer to terminate you because you exercised a right allowed by law. For example, you can't be fired for filing a discrimination complaint or reporting for jury duty.

Find & Hire Local North Dakota Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you think you've been wrongfully dismissed from a job, can help you locate wrongful termination lawyers across North Dakota, including attorneys in Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Fill out the form on this page to use our free lawyer referral service or call us at 877-913-7222.