How do I know if I have a case for wrongful termination?

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How do I know if I have a case for wrongful termination?

I was a salary based supervisor at a company. I was called in to my manager’s office and was told there was an HR complaint against me by some employees who were quitting. I was also told there was an investigation and was fired without anyone contacting me to give me a chance to refute their claims. I have never been previously written up and there is no track record of misconduct. Furthermore I have been told on more than one occasion by my manager that I was doing a fantastic job and was by far the best supervisor that company has had since it’s opened. The employees claims were nothing that violated company rules or policies. Do I have a case for a wrongful termination suit?

Asked on October 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that an employee may be fired for any reason or for no reason at all, with or without notice. There are, however, exceptions to this. If your firing violated an agreement or some sort of implied promise, that would be illegal. For example, did your dismissal breach the terms of a union agreement, employment contract, company policy or other understanding? If not than it was not wrongful. Additionally, no form of actionable discrimination must have been a factor in your termination. So for example, your dischrge must not have been due to your race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability.


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