Your company gives you a dress code to follow at work. You don't like the restrictions, so you break the code and wear whatever you want. Predictably, they fire you. Is this a wrongful termination?
If you have reason to believe you are the victim of a wrongful termination, the first thing you should do is review your employee handbook and employment contract. This will give you a clear idea of the processes and procedures your employer must follow in the event of a termination.
A former clerk in the office of the Hamilton County, Indiana, treasurer has sued the county, claiming wrongful termination.
The thought of losing your job is enough to make your stomach turn. You know this would change your life in many ways, including the impact on your finances.
Employment law violations are rarely straightforward. For instance, as an "exempt" employee at your company ineligible for overtime pay, what are your rights? What if you don't want to work that much overtime? Why is your boss making you take paid time off if you leave a few hours early when you don't get credit for staying late? Regardless of what you signed when you were hired, you can sue your employer for discrimination, right?
Claudia Ponce de Leon wanted to do the right thing. When she saw something that wasn't ethical-three bankers under her supervision were opening fake bank accounts to meet sales goals-she called the bank's ethics hotline. What happened next is enough to get almost anyone angry.
Retaliation is unfortunately often used by Indiana employers to threaten and silence their workers on a wide range of topics including workplace safety. Such actions as demotion or wrongful termination are illegal, and OSHA and other federal agencies have the authority to investigate complaints and protect whistleblowers in specific circumstances. OSHA now provides an online form with special features for employees to report retaliation.
On Aug. 2, an ex-Disney executive filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment. The woman says that two female employees came to her reporting that a vice-president had made inappropriate comments to them. Allegedly, he commented on the woman's appearances and voices. Some Indiana employees may have experienced similar treatment in the workplace.