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South Carolina Wrongful Termination

Companies have a lot of leeway when it comes to the employer-employee relationship. Because South Carolina is what's known as an at-will employment state, there are many circumstances under which an employer can legally terminate an employee. Situations where a worker is unlawfully terminated are known as wrongful terminations, wrongful dismissals or wrongful discharges. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you take legal action if you've been wrongfully discharged from your job.

Your Legal Options if You've Been Wrongfully Terminated

Broadly speaking, there are situations that may be considered wrongful dismissals under federal and South Carolina law. These include:

  • When you're a victim of discrimination and are terminated for discriminatory reasons.
  • If you have a written or implied employment contract and are dismissed in violation of that agreement.
  • If you're a union member who's covered by a collective bargaining agreement and you're terminated in violation of that agreement.
  • If you're terminated for exercising a right granted to you by law, such as filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting for jury duty.
  • If your employer terminates you to avoid paying money—such as a commission or pension—you'd otherwise be owed.

There is no one-size-fits-all response to these situations, and a wrongful termination lawyer can help you respond appropriately.

If you've been the victim of discrimination, for example, you must first file a discrimination complaint with either:

If you've been terminated in violation of an employment contract, on the other hand, you can file a breach of contract lawsuit in a South Carolina court. Union members who have been dismissed despite a collective bargaining agreement may first have to go through their union's grievance resolution process.

In any of these situations you'll benefit from the counsel and advice of an experienced wrongful termination lawyer.

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