Is there a lstatute of limitationsfor wrongfultermination?

UPDATED: Sep 26, 2011

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Is there a lstatute of limitationsfor wrongfultermination?

I was terminated from the company a company 7 years ago. I was told that I abandoned my job, when in truth was I got fired by someone who didn’t have the authority.

Asked on September 26, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, New York


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The statute of limitations for wrongful termination in the work place varies from state to state in that each state in this country is free to estatblish through its legislature the time period for such a cause of action.

In California, the time period to file suit on such a cause of action is well within the seven (7) year time period that you reference in your question that has lapsed since you were terminated from your position that you have referenced. Most states in this country's statute of limitations have an upper limit of four (4) years to bring suit with the exception of delayed discovery in some cases and a longer time period up to ten (10) years for latent construction claims.

I suggest that you consult with an attorney in your state regarding your question in that any wrongful termination claim is most likely barred by New York's statute of limitations on this issue.

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