What Is Wrongful Termination?
Under New Hampshire law, wrongful termination, sometimes called wrongful discharge, relates to the wrongful firing of an “at will” employee. This means that an employee has done something that public policy encourages or refused to do something that public policy discouraged and the employer retaliated against the employee by terminating their employment. This type of termination or discharge is an exception to the employment-at-will.
What is Employment At-Will?
Employment at will refers to employees that do not have an employment contract for a stated period of time. Some employees have a contract with their employers that states they will be employed for a specific period of time. However, most New Hampshire employee are at-will employees. This means that they can be fired for any reason or no reason provided it is not for an illegal or discriminatory reason.
What are Some Examples of a Wrongful Termination Claim?
The facts and circumstances that can give rise to a cause of action for a wrongful termination or wrongful discharge case varies.
Does My Employer Have to Give Me a Reason for My Termination?
No. Under New Hampshire law, an employer does not need to give or state a reason to terminate an employee.
What If I Am Not Sure of the Reason for My Termination?
Many wrongful termination cases develop where an employee believes they were wrongfully terminated but were not given a good or legitimate reason for the termination. At this point, it may take further investigation between you and an experienced employment lawyer to expose the underlying motivation for the termination.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Termination Claim?
Under New Hampshire law, you are entitled to receive damages for any lost wages (back or front pay), lost benefits (such as insurance coverage, 401(k) contributions), emotional distress damages, as well as any other expenses or damages related to your termination (such as counseling or medical bills).
How Will My Employment Lawyer Get Paid?
Like most employment law cases, wrongful termination cases are typically handled on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that an attorney does not get paid until you recover damages in your case.
Why Should I Hire Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. as My Employment Lawyers?
Many lawyers claim to have employment law experience. Also, many lawyers try to have it both ways and represent employers and employees. Our loyalty I simple – we represent employees.
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