A job loss, especially one that comes out of the blue, is one of life’s most distressing events. Financial hardships for the employee and their family often follow a dismissal. Decisions to fire an employee should not be taken lightly by employers. It’s reasonable to ponder if this is the case: may a Connecticut employer terminate me for no reason? While technically correct, a company cannot terminate you for breaking the law. Discuss your situation with certified lawyers at Hayber, McKenna, & Dinsmore.
Understanding the context of Connecticut’s “at-will” employment law is essential. Connecticut follows an “at-will” employment policy. Unless otherwise specified in writing, the employment relationship between a company and its workers is believed to be entirely voluntary and indefinite in length. At-will employment, as defined by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), permits employers to fire workers “at any moment for any reason, except an illegal one.”
In Connecticut, illegal terminations are prohibited by both federal and state law.
There are significant regulations in place to protect employees’ rights in Connecticut, despite the at-will employment norm that gives employers a lot of leeway regarding firing employees. In Connecticut, termination for an unlawful reason is prohibited. When an employer fires an employee for violating a law, they have committed wrongful termination. The following are some instances of unlawful dismissal:
- Allegations of Discrimination, Retaliation, and Contract Violation in the Workplace
- Here Are the Three Things You Should Do If You Believe You Were Fired Wrongfully
- Claims of wrongful termination are complex for employees to pursue. There may be an exception or two, but in general, Connecticut’s business community is well aware of the legislation. In most cases, they will not immediately say they are firing an employee for an illegal cause. Instead, a dishonest boss will likely make up some pretextual (false) excuse for firing the employee. If you were unlawfully terminated in Connecticut, you should follow these three steps:
- Be sure to back up your files: Take as many notes as possible. Document everything that occurred, including any statements made by your employer, and keep any documents that might prove your dismissal was unlawful.
- Please do Something About It: Take immediate action to file a claim in court. In Connecticut, wrongful termination cases must be filed before a specific date.
- Get in Touch with a Lawyer: An accomplished wrongful termination lawyer in Connecticut can examine your situation, address your concerns, and advise you on how to proceed.