Hattiesburg Wrongful Termination Lawyers
The state of Mississippi recognizes and enforces the rights of employees to be free from wrongful termination. Wrongful termination, also known as illegal discharge or breach of an implied contract, occurs when an employer terminates an employee in violation of state or federal law.
Losing your job for legitimate reasons is never easy. It can be a major blow to your livelihood and the ability to support your family. When it occurs illegally, it becomes an injustice that can add enormous stress to your life. However, legal options exist in which you can seek to remedy the matter. At Johnson, Ratliff & Waide, PLLC. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling wrongful termination cases in and around Hattiesburg. If you have been wrongfully fired from your job, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and other damages.
Schedule a free initial consultation with a Hattiesburg wrongful termination attorney by calling (601) 202-8570.
Wrongful Termination in Mississippi
Wrongful termination is a breach of law in Mississippi that occurs when an employer terminates an employee for reasons that violate state or federal laws. Mississippi state law requires employers to have just cause for terminating an employee and prohibits employers from terminating employees based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, age, gender, national origin, and disability. Under state laws, it is illegal for employers to terminate employees for discriminatory reasons or in violation of public policy. Additionally, employers are not allowed to fire employees who have reported illegal activities or workplace safety violations.
Federal laws prohibit employers from terminating employees due to their membership in a protected class or their participation in activities related to labor unions or other advocacy organizations. Additionally, if the employer has violated any written agreements with the employee such as employment contracts or handbooks, this could also lead to a case for wrongful termination.
For example, on a federal level, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination due to gender or race. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against workers 40 years old and older.
What Can You Do?
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated as an employee, several steps are available to you to right this wrong.
These can include:
- File a complaint with the proper government agency with evidence of discrimination and/or violations of contractual obligations;
- Consult with an attorney knowledgeable in employment law to ensure that you are properly represented throughout any proceedings and that your legal rights are protected;
- Keep detailed records of any communications from your former employer, including emails, meetings, texts, or phone calls as evidence for any potential case against them.
You must file a complaint with the proper government entity before you can proceed to file a wrongful termination lawsuit in court against an employer. In Mississippi, the agency you must file your complaint with is a field office of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC may assist in resolving issues between you and your former employer through mediation or other dispute resolution methods. Our firm can also provide legal guidance about a potential court case that can be filed against your former employer as well.
Need Help? Call Johnson, Ratliff & Waide, PLLC.
If you have been wrongfully terminated in Mississippi, contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys are here to help you with your wrongful termination case and will work diligently to secure an optimum result.
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What Makes Us Different
Our firm is committed to helping you navigate a variety of legal matters across multiple practice areas.
Since its opening in 2000, our firm has successfully helped thousands of clients get the justice they deserve.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of injury throughout the state of Mississippi.
With over 60 years of combined experience, we know how to fight for the results you need.