Phoenix Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Even under favorable conditions, losing a job can be very stressful. Being fired wrongfully can be an agonizing experience that combines feelings of betrayal, injustice, and profound disrespect.
Arizona, like other states, is known as an “at-will” employment state, which means that in most cases either an employer or an employee can legally end an employment relationship for any reason or for no reason — even in situations in which an employer is being unfair, unethical, or unjust in terminating an employee. However, state and federal laws make it illegal to discharge or fire an employee for certain reasons, factors that can lead to a wrongful termination claim or a lawsuit against an errant employer.
Fighting for the Rights of Employees Who Were Unfairly Discharged
If you were wrongfully fired, the lawyers of The Zoldan Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and represent you in protecting those rights.
Specifically, we can assist you if:
- You need to determine if you have an actionable claim, and you want to understand the process of pursuing litigation
- You need aggressive representation in court
- You were terminated in retaliation for reporting misconduct
- You reported sexual harassment or rejected sexual overtures from a manager
- You took or requested family leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- You were discriminated against based on your age, sex, race, or another legally protected characteristic
Not all unfair terminations are grounds for a lawsuit. It is important to obtain legal advice if you have concerns about a discharge.
If you need to consult a lawyer, contact The Zoldan Law Group to schedule an appointment. We can answer your questions and help you develop a strategy for the resolution of the problem.
What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?
The following situations may be grounds for a wrongful termination claim in the state of Arizona:
State and federal laws dictate that an employer may not fire an employee for discriminatory reasons, such as sex, race, age, religion, disability, and national origin.
A medical condition cannot be the basis for the termination of an employee, including pregnancy. Medical leave, taken in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, is also not a fireable offense.
Performance of Legal Rights or Public Policy Issues
Employees cannot be fired for joining a union, filing a workers’ compensation claim, reporting safety violations, attending jury duty, or taking part in any other public service.
Contractual Rights & Policy Issues
An employer cannot violate the terms of a written contract existing between them and an employee or a policy in an employee manual or handbook. The contract or policy may dictate the length of employment or termination procedures.
Wrongful Termination Laws in Arizona
Arizona is an at-will state, meaning that employment is typically not protected by a written contract and can end at any time with or without cause, by either the employee or the employer. However, there are unlawful exceptions that can occur, in which an employee may have the right to file a legal claim against the employer for wrongful termination.