Being fired could be a humiliating experience. The situation might even be an infuriating one when the dismissal is wrongful. “Wrongful termination” doesn’t refer to disagreements that poor performance deserved a second chance; the New York legislature wouldn’t likely protect someone who continually arrived late for work. However, the law does protect whistleblowers who reveal illegal activities.
Questioning the termination
Suspicions may arise when someone who once received excellent performance reviews suddenly receives harsh ones. Questions might further occur when the employee’s current performance remains consistent with the past. If an employer now finds previously acceptable standards unacceptable, some may ask, “Why?” Absent good reasons, the scenario may indicate possible retaliation.
The law provides protections for workers dealing with retaliatory firings. However, an employer may attempt to violate the law. In doing so, the employee may be able to bring a wrongful termination suit against the employer.
An attorney with experience handling wrongful termination suits may help a client explore their legal options. The fired employee might seek punitive and compensatory damages depending on the specifics of the case.