Wrongful Termination Attorney in New York

Was I Wrongfully Discharged from My Job?

The New York employment law attorneys at The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP have extensive experience representing those who have been wrongfully terminated by their employers. If you believe that you have been fired for illegitimate reasons potentially involving breach of contract or employment discrimination, we encourage you to get in touch with our firm to discuss your legal options.

Why Choose Our New York Wrongful Termination Lawyers?

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Termination as Discrimination

In New York, the term “wrongful termination” is actually slightly misleading, as without a written agreement for a specific term of employment, the employment is “at will.” This means that an employer retains the right to terminate an employee for any reason or for no reason at all. Despite this, there are still certain things for which an employer cannot fire you.

Under employment discrimination laws, employers are prohibited from firing an employee based on any of the following:

  • Sex or gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Disability or perceived disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy status

Termination as Retaliation

Under New York employment law, employers are forbidden from retaliating against employees who notify authorities of illegal business practices being conducted in their workplace, file a lawsuit against their employer, file a complaint with Human Resources, or file a workers’ compensation claim after a workplace accident. They are also forbidden from taking other adverse employment actions against the employee, including demoting them, decreasing their salary, giving negative work evaluations, failing to consider them for promotions that they are eligible for, or treating them with hostility.

If you suspect that the reason for your termination was to get back at you for exercising your legal rights, it is urgent that you take swift action. Call our firm today to discuss your potential case and the ways in which we may be able to help you.

Do I Have a Case for Wrongful Termination?

Remember, because New York is an at-will state, your employer can fire you or let you go for virtually any reason—except in violation of your rights. Only in highly specific situations does firing constitute wrongful termination.

In order to determine if you may have a case for wrongful termination, ask yourself the following:

  • Were you fired due to discriminatory reasons?
  • Were you fired because of your race, sex, religion, or any other protected class?
  • Were you let go after becoming pregnant or requesting paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
  • Were you fired after an on-the-job injury or after filing a workers’ compensation claim?
  • Were you let go after reporting discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment?
  • Were you let go after reporting unlawful employer conduct?
  • Do you believe you were fired for any discriminatory, retaliatory, or other unlawful reason?

If you believe one of these or a similar situation applies to your situation, you could have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. We encourage you to reach out to our New York wrongful termination lawyers to discuss the specifics of your situation during an initial consultation and case evaluation. Depending on the factors involved in your case, you could have anywhere from 180 days to 3 years to file a wrongful termination lawsuit in New York, but the sooner you reach out to our team, the better.

Call for a Free Consultation

The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP offers complimentary case evaluations to prospective clients. We invite you to contact us to talk about how our firm is the right fit for your employment law matter. Dedicated to our clients’ success, we relentlessly pursue exceptional results in each case we handle. Fill out an online evaluation form to get started, or call our office at (855) 465-4622.