Have I been Wrongfully Terminated?

You have been wrongfully terminated if you were fired because:

  • you are pregnant
  • of your color
  • of your gender
  • of your religion
  • you opposed illegal practices in the workplace
  • you have a disability
  • because you complained about working conditions

There are a number of other reasons that are illegal under federal or state law which may give you a legal case against your company, but judges generally will not call this “wrongful termination.”

Instead, a judge will talk about your termination in a more specific way. Taking the examples above, the judge will say you were fired in violation of:

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of race
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of sex
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of religion
  • The False Claims Act (or any of the over 100 other whistleblower statutes)
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act

These examples do not include the many state and local laws that apply to the same conduct. For instance, an employer in the District of Columbia that fires a woman because she is pregnant may be in violation of both the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.