Delaware County Attorneys Help Workers Win Compensation for Wrongful Termination
Accomplished lawyers in Media, PA assist fired employees
In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, employers generally can discharge employees for any business reason or for no reason at all. However, there are exceptions to the “at will” employment rule, such as where unlawful discrimination is involved in the firing decision. If you have been discharged, the employment lawyers at The Pagano Law Firm LLC in Media, Pennsylvania can counsel you on your rights. We are experienced in representing wrongfully terminated employees in successful claims and litigation.
Skillful advocates help clients recover for all types of wrongful terminations
Wrongful termination is a firing of an employee that violates federal or state law. Examples are:
- Breach of contract — An employee may be protected by a written agreement or by a clear oral promise that prohibits firing the employee, except for cause and/or after certain procedures are followed. In addition, an employee may have an implied agreement based on statements in an employee handbook. Whether an oral or implied agreement requires cause for discharge can be open to interpretation based on the circumstances.
- Discriminatory firing — Under federal, Pennsylvania law, it is illegal for most employers to terminate an employee because of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or any other protected status. A discharge that is claimed to be based on a job-related reason may still be unlawful if the effect is discriminatory.
- Retaliatory discharge — It is improper for an employer to fire an employee for exercising certain rights, such as enforcing the wage and hour laws, reporting for active military duty, going on jury duty or taking federally recognized family or medical leave. If you work for a company with at least 50 employees, you might be able to sue for wrongful termination if you took off for up to 12 weeks in a single year to recover from a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Federal and state laws also prohibit retaliation against whistleblowers: employees who report an organization’s violation of laws or regulations.
The attorneys at The Pagano Law Firm LLC understand all of these exceptions and can determine whether your firing in Pennsylvania fell within any of these categories. We can bring suit on your behalf seeking lost back pay, lost earning capacity in the future and other damages caused by your wrongful termination.
Contact accomplished Pennsylvania wrongful termination attorneys
If you believe that you have been fired unlawfully, don’t take it lying down. The Pagano Law Firm LLC is ready and qualified to evaluate your case, counsel you on your rights and, if appropriate, vigorously pursue a claim on your behalf. Please call us at 484-318-2561 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Media.