Wrongful termination refers to a situation where an employee is fired in violation of the employee’s rights. Because Texas is an at-will employment state, employees have limited legal recourse against their former employers when they feel as though they have been wrongfully terminated. An employee can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all; so long as the employee is not fired based on discriminatory reasons, retaliatory reasons, in breach of an employment contract, or in violation of some other legal rights the employee has.
There is no legal cause of action for “wrongful termination”, but the following are examples of the types of claims that are often associated with wrongful termination:
1. Discrimination (race, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion)
2. Sexual harassment
4. Breach of contract
5. Whistleblower Retaliation
6. Claims under Sabine Pilot (refusing to commit an illegal act)
7. FMLA Retaliation
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, contact the Austin wrongful termination attorneys at Howard & Kobelan in order to understand your legal rights.