Long Island Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Wrongful Termination Lawyers
New York Wrongful Termination Lawyers Representing Employees on Long Island
Wrongful termination in the Long Island workplace can take many forms. In many instances, employees who work at-will face wrongful terminations as a result of unlawful discrimination or retaliation.
At the same time, employees who are working under the terms of employment contracts or agreements can face wrongful termination when an employer violates one or more of the terms of the employment contract and there is a breach of contract issue. Whether you are an at-will employee on Long Island or a contract employee, if you have questions or concerns about whether you have been wrongfully terminated, you should seek advice from one of our experienced Long Island wrongful termination attorneys. The dedicated lawyers at Ricotta & Marks, P.C. are here to help.
Employment-At-Will on Long Island and Wrongful Termination
New York is what is known as an employment-at-will state. According to the New York Department of Labor, what this means is that an employer has the right to terminate an employee for (almost) any reason at any time, aside from termination as a result of unlawful termination or workplace discrimination. Likewise, in an employment-at-will state, any Long Island employee who is not under an employment contract has the right to leave their job at any time and for any reason without being required to give a timetable or an explanation under New York law.
It is critical to understand that, just because you work in an employment-at-will state, your employer is not allowed to terminate you for unlawful reasons. Some reasons that are clearly unlawful include termination as a result discrimination on any of the following grounds:
- National origin;
- Sexual orientation; and
- Marital status.
Employers are also prohibited from terminating employees or workers because they engage in lawful union activities or relation actions, or as a form of retaliation for a worker or employee exercising his or her rights under federal or state law.
Breach of Employment Contract Terminations
If you have been terminated from your position and you have an employment contract, you cannot be terminated for any reason at any time as an at-will employee can be. At the same time, your employer cannot terminate you for any of the discriminatory or otherwise unlawful reasons cited above.
Beyond discrimination and termination for participation in lawful activities or as a form of retaliation, your termination may have been wrongful or unlawful simply because it was a breach of contract. You should have an experienced Long Island wrongful termination attorney review your employment contract and the circumstances surrounding your termination to determine whether you may have a valid breach of contract case.
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