Tampa Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Employees are hired and fired throughout the city of Tampa on a daily basis, and most of the time, these hirings and firings are legal. To be sure, the majority of employees in the state of Florida are at-will employees, which means that they can be fired at any time, and without the employer having to provide cause.
Even at-will employees are protected from unlawful and wrongful termination, though. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, our Tampa wrongful termination lawyers can help.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Tampa?
A termination is wrongful and illegal when it violates a contract that the employee and the employer have, it is discriminatory in nature, or it is a violation of public policy. Examples of wrongful termination include:
- Terminating an employee despite a contract or a promise of continued employment;
- Terminating an employee on the basis of discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination and termination based on sex, religion, ethnicity, race, pregnancy status, and more;
- Terminating an employee because they exercise their right to do something, like take time to vote or serve on jury duty; or
- Terminating an employee because they have filed a claim against the employer (i.e. a workers’ compensation or discrimination claim) or have reported an unsafe or unlawful workplace condition (this is known as whistleblower retaliation).
What Remedies Are Available Following Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination, especially if you are an at-will employee, can be challenging to prove. Indeed, if you are an at-will employee, your employer maintains the right to fire you without cause at any time, and may state that they fired you because of poor job performance, tardiness, or lack of need ratherthan something that would constitute wrongful termination. For this reason and others, if you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, it is strongly recommended that you hire a skilled wrongful termination lawyer to represent you in your claim.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, you have the right to seek remedies for the harm you have suffered by filing a claim against your employer. Types of remedies that may be available to you include:
- Back pay for lost wages that you suffered as a result of termination;
- Additional payment for future lost wages;
- Compensation for attorneys’ fees;
- Punitive damages, which are designed to punish your employer for their wrongdoing; and
- Compensation for pain and suffering experienced as a result of the termination.
- In addition to financial remedies, you may maintain the right to be reinstated to your original position.
In addition to financial remedies, you may maintain the right to be reinstated to your original position.
Our Tampa Wrongful Termination Lawyers Can Help
If you have been wrongfully terminated, our Tampa wrongful termination lawyers can help you recoup compensation for your losses and understand your rights. To learn more about wrongful termination in Tampa and what your options are if you have been unlawfully fired from your job, please call the offices of de Beaubien, Simmons, Knight, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP for a free consultation or send us a message telling us more about your situation.