Indiana Wrongful Termination
If you’ve been laid off, you may be wondering at what point ending someone’s employment crosses over from unfair to illegal. Indiana, like most other states, has “at-will” employment, which gives employers a lot of leeway when it comes to firing their workers — they can do so for almost any reason, or no reason at all.
That said, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and some layoffs do qualify as wrongful termination. In cases such as these, an employee should contact an attorney to see about filing a wrongful termination lawsuit to recover lost wages and other damages. If they were unlawfully let go, they could be owed significant compensation.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Indiana?
Because Indiana is an at-will state, most dismissals (even unwarranted ones) don’t violate any laws. Those that do usually break federal laws, not state ones. Here are some examples:
- Discrimination: Many of the U.S.’s labor and employment laws protect employees on the basis of their age, sex, disability, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, parental status, and other protected characteristics. Layoffs that occur because of discrimination against one or more of these traits may qualify as wrongful termination.
- Retaliation: Retaliation occurs when an employer fires an employee for blowing the whistle on illegal conduct, complaining to Human Resources about unethical or unprofessional behavior, or filing a workers’ compensation claim. If an employee is fired for one of these actions, they may have a wrongful termination case.
- Breach of Contract: In Indiana, if an employee has a written or oral contract guaranteeing employment for a certain amount of time, and their employer violates that contract, the employee may be able to file a lawsuit.
How Do I File a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit?
Speaking with a labor and employment attorney is the fastest way to find out if you are owed compensation for lost wages, lost benefits, and emotional distress. At Morgan & Morgan, our consultations are free, it costs nothing upfront to hire us, and we get paid only if you win.
Over the past 30 years, we’ve recovered more than $7 billion for our clients. We specialize in personal injury and consumer protection cases, and our trial-ready lawyers won’t settle for one penny less than our clients deserve.
To see if one of our Indiana wrongful termination attorneys can help you, schedule a free case evaluation.
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