Example grievance letters for discrimination and wrongful termination complaints
Common Reasons for Wrongful Termination
In the United States, all states but Montana are considered at-will employment states. This basically means that an employer can terminate an employee with, or without justification. However, there are laws that prohibit firing due to unjust reasons, and as such, limit the “at-will” nature of employment in the US.
Here are the most common reasons of wrongful termination.
Useful wrongful termination resources
Even though employment in the USA is at-will, meaning that an employer can fire anybody at any time without cause, there are a number of laws that protect employees from being treated unfairly. These laws introduce the notion of protected groups, which cannot be discriminated against by law.
According to statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were almost 90,000 workplace discrimination and termination charges filed in the US. Out of that number, wrongful discharge due to retaliation held the highest ratio (at 44.5%), followed by discrimination due to race (34.7%), disability (30.2%), discrimination based on gender (29.5%), and age (22.5%). This reflects the most common filings from 2015.
By definition, discrimination means the unjust treatment of different categories of people. In today’s world, it is hard to rationalize why an employer might bear prejudice against certain groups of people, but it does happen more often than you would think. If you think you have been discriminated against in such a way, or terminated wrongfully, you might have a case against your employer.
The law not only protects employees against discrimination, but also people looking for a job. This means that when deciding to hire a person, certain discriminatory things cannot be part of the reasoning process. This includes age, sex, race, disabilities, etc. You will find a complete list of the most common wrongful termination and workplace discrimination reasons above.