Ohio is what is called an “at will” employment state. This means that an employer has the right to terminate an employee at any time, for any reason or without any reason at all. Often employees are fired frivolously and unfairly.
Simple personality conflicts can be grounds for legal termination in Ohio. For termination to be considered unfair and unlawful dismissal, it must have been for reasons that were in violation of the law, and not simply unfair circumstances.
The only employees immune from “at will” employment are certain government employees, those who have employment contracts and those who belong to a union with a collective bargaining agreement. All other “at will” employees in Ohio are subject to disciplinary action, demotion or termination under Ohio law as long as the reason is not in violation of the law. Our unfair dismissal attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio can help you understand if your termination was legal.
If your termination happened under illegal, discriminatory circumstances based on age, gender, race, disability, or nation of origin, then it may be considered unfair dismissal. Termination as a means of retaliation for complaining about discrimination, filing a workers’ comp claim or refusal to comply with an unlawful request in the workplace is illegal. “Whistleblowing” activity – bringing to light misconduct such as unsafe working conditions, violation of laws, abuse, harassment or negligence – is protected action. Additionally, serving in the military, being a member of certain protected classes, serving on a jury and requesting certain types of medical leave under FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), are protected. If you are dismissed for any of those protected reasons, your termination could be considered unlawful dismissal. Even certain demotions or disciplinary actions, if done for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons, are subject to legal action.
There is a very specific statute of limitations that applies to each case, so it is important to act quickly and contact your top-rated unfair dismissal attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio before it is too late. We can help you review your case and file a lawsuit against your former employer for possible remedies such as: lost wages, back pay, future wages, benefits, compensatory damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney fees and more. Call your knowledgeable, experienced, aggressive Cleveland unfair dismissal lawyer today to take your case and fight for you. Our prominent and informed lawyers never back down in fighting for your rights and your compensation. Your former employer should be held accountable for all damages related to your unfair termination.
At The Friedmann Firm, we are committed to taking these cases and fighting for the rights of hard working Ohioans. We offer free consultations, call The Friedmann Firm at 440-703-8550 today to speak to one of our Cleveland wrongful termination attorneys.