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Part 2: MY BOSS SAYS . . . he's firing me and it's for something I didn't do. Do I have a wrongful termination case?

Last week, I discussed what is not a wrongful termination.  Essentially, your employer can have no good reason or even an unfair or mistaken reason for firing you.  Your employer, however, cannot fire you for an illegal reason.

Some examples of illegal reasons for termination include, but are not limited to, firing you because of:

1. Your race or color;

2. Your national origin;

3. Your religion;

4. Your gender (this includes termination because of pregnancy or because you complained of sexual harassment);

5. Your age (40 or older);

6. Your disability (includes diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases even if they are controlled by medication);

7. Your association with a relative with a disability (for example, you are fired because your child has been diagnosed with cancer and your employer believes you'll be distracted or need lots of time off);

8. Your request for or taking of FMLA leave for yourself or to care for a close family member;

9. Your support of a co-worker who has complained of discrimination.

In addition, you may have a wrongful termination case if:

10. You have an employment contract with a term; or

11. You have blown the whistle for illegal activity at your place of employment.

If you believe you have been fired for one of the above reasons or for something similar, you should speak to an experienced employment attorney.

And remember, termination isn't the only illegal act an employer can commit against an employee. Demotion, lack of promotion, a reduction in compensation - all of these may be illegal too if done for the above reasons.

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