The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that at least 150,000 people are wrongfully terminated every year, although the total number could be as high as one million per year. That works out to half of all at-will employees terminated in any given year. If you suspect that you’re one such employee, the first thing to do is to find a wrongful termination lawyer.
Remember that you’re not looking for a good wrongful termination lawyer. You’re looking for the best wrongful termination lawyer. The good news is that we can help you find them.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to look for in a wrongful termination lawyer.
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Defining Wrongful Termination
Before discussing how to find a lawyer, we need to talk about what wrongful termination means. Wrongful termination is the termination of an employee protected by law. This sounds like a vague definition, but it says quite a bit.
The key phrase is “protected by law.” There aren’t many groups of people in the US with legally-protected jobs. Protected employees include:
- Any employee terminated for being a member of a protected class (race, disability status, gender, orientation, etc.)
- Any employee who has reported immoral or illegal practices that their employer has performed. Let’s say you reported that your employer had fired an employee because of race. If that employer fired you in retaliation, they would be guilty of two instances of wrongful termination.
- Any contracted employee who didn’t violate the terms of their employment contract.
A Fast-acting Lawyer
There is a wrongful termination statute of limitations, which means that if you don’t file a lawsuit soon enough, your case becomes invalid. The statute of limitations differs based on state and circumstances, but six months is the national limit.
Any decent employment lawyer knows this and will act on time. They will also encourage you to prepare because things will happen much faster than most of us would think.
The best predictor of success is experience. When looking for a wrongful termination attorney, their experience should be the first thing you ask about.
Experienced lawyers know their field and how to handle a court case. They know what kind of evidence works and how to find it.
Nobody wants to deal with a lawyer who treats them like nothing more than a paycheck. Understanding your situation and why you feel driven to sue helps motivate a lawyer to fight for your cause.
Empathy has many uses in the fields of law and business. An empathetic business attracts more customers, improves communication, and leads to more customer satisfaction. The same applies to law offices.
Finding the Best Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Finding the best wrongful termination lawyer for your case is tough. It’s also very doable with a lot of knowledge and a little determination.
We’ve discussed what to look for in a lawyer, but the choice is yours. If you’d prefer a lawyer with additional qualifications, that’s your business. If you want to learn more about various topics, please visit our site.