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:
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. 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.
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 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.