Louisiana is an "at will" employment state, which means that jobs are held at the will of the employer and the employee. It also means that jobs can be terminated by either the employer or the employee for any reason — or for no reason.
There are some exceptions to that rule, however, and these exceptions are the crux of wrongful termination claims. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to terminate an employee for reasons related to race, color, religion, gender or national origin.
It is also illegal for an employer to terminate an individual because the employee is pregnant, or in retaliation because the employee filed a discrimination claim, or because the employee reported illegal activity by the employer or is cooperating in an investigation of illegal activity by the employer ( whistleblowing).
Employees also cannot be terminated for taking a leave of absence under the guidelines of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). And finally, some employees are protected from termination without cause by an employment contract that was entered into by both parties.
We Fight for Our Clients
If you feel you have been fired from your job illegally, the legal team at the office of Robert B. Landry III PLC, in Baton Rouge can help. When an employer has crossed the line, it is critical to have an experienced, knowledgeable and assertive employment law attorney in your corner.
Often, an incident of wrongful termination is preceded by other missteps by an employer. There may be signals leading up to the termination that something other than job performance or staffing needs is involved in the decision to fire a worker.
Attorney Landry knows how to build strong cases in wrongful termination claims because he was on the other side of these disputes for more than 10 years as a lawyer in the labor and employment group at a large Baton Rouge firm. That experience allows him to anticipate the defendant's strategy in wrongful termination cases and develop strong, proactive approaches to combat those strategies.
We seek full and fair compensation in wrongful termination cases for lost wages and damage to an employee's reputation. Often, we reach agreement without going to trial, but we always stand ready to litigate if necessary. We are compassionate in working with you and will aggressively advocate on your behalf.
Call 504-345-1220 or 225-349-7460, or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a straightforward assessment of what you might expect as an outcome.