What qualifies as wrongful termination in Ohio?

Apr 24, 2024
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What qualifies as wrongful termination

Wrongful termination is a concept that does get used very frequently, but not many people have a complete understanding of what exactly it means, legally.  The legal definition of “wrongful termination” is the only thing that matters, as Ohio is an at-will state and you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all. Just like other legal matters related to employment and labor, wrongful termination can be a confusing topic, especially when you are dealing with it for the very first time.

Before we dig into some common questions related to wrongful termination, let’s briefly lay out what employment in Ohio looks like. In Ohio, as in many other states, employment is considered “at-will.” This essentially means that an employer can fire or terminate an employee at any time for any reason, including reasons that are unfair or for no reason at all. At-will employment also means that employees can quit their job at any time for any reason, including for no reason at all.

Employees that are not considered at-will are certain employees who work for the government, those with employee contracts, or union employees who fall under a collective bargaining agreement.

With that understanding of how employment in Ohio generally works, let’s take a closer look at what exactly qualifies as wrongful termination in Ohio and related questions.

What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination in Ohio is when an employee is fired for unlawful or illegal reasons. It does NOT include a termination that is just unfair.  In order to be considered “wrongful termination,” the termination must be illegal.  While employment in Ohio is at-will, there are still situations when an employer will fire or terminate an employee for an unlawful reason.

Some common examples of wrongful termination include:

  • Discrimination based on gender, age, race, disability, religion, pregnancy, sex, etc.
  • Retaliation – for example, if an employee is fired after they complain about discrimination based on a protected class or sexual harassment, report illegal activities, or report discrimination.
  • Violation of public policies
  • Breach of contract

What are Grounds for Wrongful Termination in Ohio?

For a situation to be considered wrongful termination, the reason behind an employee’s termination must be illegal or violate public policy. This means that there are a number of different types of grounds for wrongful termination instances in Ohio. For example, say you asked your employer about why you have not been paid for overtime and you are fired soon after. This may be considered wrongful termination.

Another example of wrongful termination includes if you are fired on the basis of a protected characteristic such as race, disability, gender, sex, or religion.

What does not count as wrongful termination are reasons that seem unfair, such as being fired for being late to work or failure to perform work duties.

How Do I Prove That I Was Wrongfully Terminated from My Job?

You will need to be able to prove that you were wrongfully terminated from your position. This is typically done by providing evidence that helps to establish you were wrongfully terminated.

Common types of evidence that can help establish wrongful termination include:

  • Communication such as emails, text messages, and direct messages
  • A timeline of events that led up to your termination – such as notes you have taken
  • Documentation, such as employee handbooks, employment contracts, and other documents
  • Eyewitness testimony from colleagues and coworkers

We also recommend consulting with a wrongful termination lawyer if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated. A lawyer will be able to help guide you in collecting evidence that will support your case and analyze the details of your case.

What is the Average Payout for Wrongful Termination in Ohio?

We do not have an average payout for wrongful termination in Ohio to share. Compensation recovered with a wrongful termination claim will vary on a case by case basis. Compensation will depend on the unique factors of each case. Just know that The Friedmann Firm team will pursue a fair amount of compensation on your behalf should we take your case on.

If you would like to see the results of some of our past cases, including wrongful termination cases, see our results page.

Is a Termination Letter Required in Ohio?

While some states do require that a termination letter be provided to employees who are being fired, Ohio is not one of those states. This means that your employer does not need to provide you with a termination letter when they are firing or terminating you.

Contact a Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Ohio

If you believe you have been terminated for unlawful reasons, be sure to reach out to one of our wrongful termination lawyers. The Friedmann Firm, LLC has been handling employment and labor cases since our founding in 2012 and our team brings experienced, aggressive representation to each case that we take on.

At our firm, we are ready and waiting to represent victims of wrongful termination. Please reach out to us over the phone at 614-610-9755 or by contacting us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation.