Wrongful Termination Attorney in Ponca City, Oklahoma
Protecting Employees Rights for Over 40 Years
The nation as a whole abides by an employment at will policy, which means that employers are allowed to hire and fire individuals at their own discretion. That said, employment at will does not give employers the right to hire and fire individuals on a discriminatory basis, and nor does it give employers the right to violate the terms of an employment contract. Though proving wrongful termination in an at-will society can be tough, if you have the right grounds on which to sue, a skilled Ponca City wrongful termination lawyer can help you fight your employer’s wrongdoings and pursue legal remedies.
Wrongful Termination for Discrimination
There are numerous laws in place protecting a worker's rights to fair employment, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to federal laws, there are also state laws in place that protect Oklahoma employees. If an employer fires any person because of his or her status within a protected class, he or she could be sued for wrongful termination.
If you believe that you were fired because of your sex, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other reason defined by federal or state laws, you may be able to sue for wrongful termination on the basis of discrimination. Contact the Ponca City wrongful termination attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to discuss your rights today.
Wrongful Termination by Bad Faith Dealings
Discrimination is not the only grounds on which you can file a wrongful termination claim. You can also sue if your employer fired you despite implied or written promises stating that your employment with the company is guaranteed. You can also sue if your employer led you to believe that a promotion or increased wages was in your future, but then fired you out of nowhere. Your employer may also be held liable for wrongful termination if he or she is guilty of any one of the following:
- Violating an employment contract;
- Violating public policy;
- Acting in a fraudulent manner;
- Committing defamation; or
- Violating whistle-blower protection laws.
If you believe that you have a wrongful termination claim, there are several elements that you must prove to be true, and several more factors that the decision maker will consider. Some factors which a judge might look at to determine whether or not you have a valid claim include:
- Your duration of employment;
- Employee reviews;
- Regularity of job promotions;
- Assurances of continued employment;
- Written statements or promises; and
- Whether or not your employer violated usual employment firing practices.
We Have a Long History of Holding Employers Accountable
Wrongful termination is difficult to prove, which is why it is always best to approach a wrongful termination claim with a skilled Ponca City wrongful termination attorney on your side. If you believe that you were wrongfully fired from your position, contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to discuss your case today.