Indiana Wrongful Termination Claims
In an effort to protect the rights of workers in Indiana, there are a number of laws that prohibit employers from discharging their employees under wrongful circumstances. Unfortunately, incidents of wrongful termination occur with some regularity in Indiana. When employees are discharged on the basis of some legally protected characteristic, then, they will typically be eligible to pursue legal action against their employer for their misconduct.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, you should speak with one of the Indiana wrongful termination attorneys at the Hankey Law Office to assess the legal action that may be available to you.
Wrongful Termination Claims in Indiana
While wrongful termination claims may be based in any number of state and federal laws, these claims are very often filed in conjunction with claims alleging discrimination against any of the following characteristics:
- Religious Beliefs
- Ethnic Identity or Cultural Heritage
- Sexual Orientation
Our Indiana legal team will do everything they possibly can to help you pursue legal action against your employer in an effort to recover compensation for your wrongful termination.
Consult with a Wrongful Termination Attorney
At the Hankey Law Office, our Indiana wrongful termination attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of workers living in Indiana from employers who engage in discrimination and any other behavior prohibited by law. To discuss the particulars of your case with one of our dedicated Indiana employment attorneys, please call our Indiana offices at (317) 634-8565 today.
Wrongful Termination FAQs
Was I wrongfully terminated if I was fired without warning?
Not necessarily. The state of Indiana is considered an “at-will employment” state, meaning that you may quit your job at any time and, in turn, your employer can fire you at any time for legal reasons. Being fired from a job without warning does, however, raise a red flag. While this does not mean for certain that you were wrongfully terminated, it is out of the ordinary and your suspicion of illegal firing is valid. A termination is considered illegal when it violates either anti-discrimination laws or contractual obligations or is done out of retaliation. If you believe your termination was illegal, you can submit a request to your employer asking for the reasoning behind the termination. You may also want to hire an attorney to evaluate your situation. An experienced wrongful termination lawyer will be able to explain your options and provide you with valuable legal counsel.
I was fired from my job while I was pregnant. Was this wrongful termination?
Under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an employer with more than 15 employees may not fire an employee for being pregnant. A pregnant employee can, however, be fired for other reasons. Pregnancy does not provide anyone with job security, so if your pregnancy was not the reason for your firing, then no illegal activity has taken place. However, if you believe you were fired specifically for being pregnant, then yes, it can be considered wrongful termination, as it violates anti-discrimination laws. If you are unsure whether or not your firing was wrongful, it is wise to seek the advice and legal counsel from an experienced wrongful termination attorney.
What should I do if I believe I have been wrongfully terminated?
If you believe you have been wrongfully fired, one key thing to remember is to remain calm and never act on any negative instincts towards your employer. Lashing out or acting impulsively towards the person who fired you can worsen your chances of having a successful wrongful termination case. Next, collect any information that may be relevant to your case. Document a timeline of events and be sure to be thorough. This information will greatly help in any legal proceedings. Once you’ve done this, it is important to find a skilled lawyer to evaluate your situation. A lawyer will be able to determine whether or not your termination was, in fact, illegal, and provide you with all your legal options.