Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you.
Did you have a written employment agreement requiring cause for termination?
Do you believe you were treated differently than other employees due to your race, religion, ethnicity, etc.?
Do you believe you were treated differently due to race, religion, age, ethnicity, etc.?
Did you apply for and receive FMLA for your wife's recovery?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Without a written employment contract requiring cause for termination, you are, in all likelihood, an at-will employee. As such, you serve at the whim of your employer. They can change your duties, compensation, schedule or even terminate for any reason or no reason at all.
The only exception is that any action taken against you may not be motivated by illegal discrimination (race, religion, disability, ethnicity, etc.) or sexual harassment.
If, upon further deliberation you think that may apply to your situation then you need to make a complaint to the EEOC as soon as possible.
Otherwise, without a claim, as described above, the courts view this as office politics and offer no judicial or administrative remedy. In other words, you would need to seek recourse within the HR department.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not necessarily a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
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