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Rhode Island Wrongful Termination

In Rhode Island, most jobs are "at will," meaning an employer can terminate workers for almost any reason—good or bad—or no reason at all. There are, however, a couple of exceptions to this rule, and when a worker is laid off or fired in violation of one of these exceptions, it's known as a wrongful termination, wrongful discharge or wrongful dismissal. Talk to a wrongful termination attorney or an employment lawyer today if you think you've been wrongfully discharged from your job.

Examples of Wrongful Termination

Wrongful terminations in Rhode Island can take a couple of forms. You may be a victim of a wrongful dismissal if:

  • You were terminated for discriminatory reasons. Under federal and Rhode Island discrimination laws, it is illegal for an employer to terminate you because of your age (if you're at least 40), gender, race, religion, skin color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • You had a written employment contract and were terminated in violation of that contract.
  • You are a union member covered by a collective bargaining agreement and were terminated in violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Different types of wrongful dismissals require different legal responses. For example, if you're a discrimination victim, you and your attorney can file a complaint of discrimination with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights or the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. Terminations that are in violation of an employment contract can be addressed through a breach of contract lawsuit in civil court. And union employees may first have to work through their union's grievance resolution process.

A wrongful termination lawyer can help you understand the appropriate legal response and guide you through the process to resolution.

Find & Hire Local Rhode Island Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you need help locating wrongful termination lawyers or employment attorneys in your area, you've come to the right website. Call at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page to use our free lawyer referral service, which can connect you with attorneys across Rhode Island.