Wrongful Termination Lawyer Cincinnati, Ohio

Losing your job is never easy.  Ohio is an at-will state but it is important to understand that there are several reasons for termination that may be unlawful.

As wrongful termination attorneys in Cincinnati, Ohio, we protect workers from losing their jobs due to discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environments that are so threatening or harmful that they feel forced to quit. It is important to note that a hostile work environment must be based on a protected class, like age, race, gender, religion, disability, pregnancy, etc. Laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act exists to ensure employees are treated fairly and lawfully.

Employers cannot have discriminatory motives for taking what courts call adverse employment actions. Firing an employee is the ultimate adverse employment action. That action becomes illegal when it is taken because managers or coworkers are biased against the fired person’s race, national origin, sex, religion, military service or veteran status, pregnancy, or age when the person is older than 40.

Laws also prohibit employers from using termination as a punishment against employees who engage in protected activities, like complaining about discrimination or harassment, complaining about unpaid overtime, and a lot of other scenarios. Cases we have handled as Cincinnati wrongful termination lawyers have involved illegal retaliation for the following protected activities:

  • Reporting discrimination or harassment and helping with investigations into discrimination or harassment
  • Demanding minimum wage and earned overtime
  • Reporting sexual harassment
  • Asking for reasonable accommodation of a disability
  • Requesting and using Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave
  • Reporting safety issues and violations of fraud statutes

A final type of wrongful termination lawsuit involves an illegal practice known as constructive discharge. Employers cannot create or refuse to fix a hostile work environment that gets so bad that an employee feels they must find another job. A hostile work environment can exist because of discrimination, harassment, threats, or mental and physical abuse.  The hostile work environment is a term that is often misunderstood so it is wise to consult with a Cincinnati employment lawyer to determine if you are actually working in a hostile work environment as that term is defined legally.

Discrimination and Wrongful Terminations

Laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act make it illegal to fire someone on the basis of his or her:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Ethnicity
  • Age, if older than 40
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Active military service

Consulting with an attorney in Cleveland who handles wrongful termination cases before filing a legal claim based on suspected discrimination will ensure you know what to expect and can assess the strengths and weaknesses of any potential claim. Employers can cite any number of reasons for deciding to fire someone.

Succeeding with a wrongful termination claim requires showing that the reasons the employer gives for the firing are pretext, or merely justifications for a discriminatory act.

Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Employees also cannot be fired for engaging in actions that are protected by federal and state labor laws. Such protected activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting discrimination to managers or human resources
  • Reporting harassment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • Reporting illegal activity to police or regulators
  • Cooperating in investigations of discrimination, harassment, or alleged crimes
  • Requesting an accommodation for a disability
  • Demanding equal pay for equal work
  • Unionizing

A wrongful termination is the ultimate act of retaliation. Many people who lose their jobs for engaging in protected activities experiencing escalating forms of retaliation such as verbal harassment, reassignments to dirty or dangerous tasks, and demotions. When this happens, the victim can file legal claims for both retaliation and wrongful termination.

Call our Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio Today

Do not wait to contact a Cincinnati wrongful termination attorney if you believe you were fired illegally or forced into quitting. The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit under some of the applicable laws is relatively short so do not wait. Speaking with a lawyer soon after suffering a wrongful termination in Ohio will make it easier to recall details and identify and preserve the types of evidence that will support your case.

Attorneys with The Friedmann Firm are available to help with all employment law cases in and near Cincinnati. We offer free consultations to all potential clients, and we take appointments online. You can also call us directly at 614.610.9755.