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What constitutes wrongful termination?

Sometimes employees are let go for reasons that are unfair or illegal. This is termed wrongful termination, wrongful discharge, or wrongful dismissal.
There are many scenarios that may be grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit, including:

  • Firing an employee out of retaliation
  • Discrimination
  • Firing a whistleblower
  • Firing an employee who won’t do something illegal for their employer

If you believe you may have been fired without proper cause, our labor and employment attorneys may be able to help you recover back pay, unpaid wages, and other forms of compensation.

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct that is sexual in nature. This kind of harassment can cause you to feel uncomfortable, humiliated or intimidated. In a workplace setting, the harasser may be a supervisor, colleague or non-employees such as a client or customer.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Sexually suggestive communication, whether verbal, non-verbal or written
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Sexual jokes, teasing or taunting
  • Inappropriate comments or questions about your body or your personal life

If you believe you have faced sexual harassment on the job, our labor and employment attorneys may be able to get you the justice you deserve.

When should I contact an employment lawyer?

A whistleblower is an employee who speaks up against any illegal or unsafe practices taking place within an organization. Whistleblowers may make internal reports or may decide to speak to the media, law enforcement or federal agencies.

To be protected by whistleblower legislation, your report must be in the public interest. Whistleblowing can mean speaking up about any of the following:

  • Unfair treatment of employees
  • Unsafe work environment
  • Criminal activity such as theft, fraud or tax evasion
  • Employer is covering up wrongdoing

It takes courage to do the right thing and federal law protects whistleblowers from any negative repercussions. Whether you’re considering blowing the whistle or you’ve already done so, our labour and employment attorneys can help to ensure that you aren’t punished for doing the right thing.

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