Most states laws provide that employment is at-will, which means that you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. However, there are many exceptions to at-will employment, particularly where a person falls into a protected class, whether it is their age, sex, race, religion or a protected activity, like whistleblowing. An employer that has acted for an improper or illegal reason almost never tells the fired employee why he was really fired. Instead, many times, unscrupulous employers will manufacture a false reason for the wrongful termination.
Further, it is sometimes not only the person being discriminated against that suffers from adverse job action. Employers that act illegally can also retaliation against people that oppose illegal practices. An employee may suffer retaliation, including a termination, where the employee opposed discrimination or reported inappropriate or harassing conduct.
Employment cases also arise where there are disputes about payment. Employers may refuse to pay overtime, or alternatively, refuse or fail to pay wages. In such instances, the employee may have a legal claim.
We have handled a wide variety of employment cases, stemming from simple failures to pay overtime, to more sophisticated cases involving discrimination, harassment or retaliation. In several employment cases, we have successfully proven that our opponents either hid or destroyed evidence.