Ohio state is an at-will employment state which means that essentially, an employer can fire an employee and an employee can quit at any time without either one of them providing a reason. But, there is more to the story. There are certain laws that cannot be violated and an employer may not terminate employees if the reason for the termination violates public policy.
Examples of Potential Wrongful Termination Claims
Even an at-will employer may not terminate an employee’s employment based on any of the following reasons.
- National origin
- For filing a workers’ compensation claim
- For filing a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- For “whistle-blowing” against an employer’s unlawful conduct
- The firing violates any written terms of an employment contract
- For taking time off of work for jury duty
- For taking time off of work to vote
- If the firing breaches a covenant of good faith and fair dealing
If you believe your employer has wrongfully terminated your employment, you should consult with a wrongful termination attorney in Fairfield as soon as possible. The law establishes time limits for bringing a claim for compensation. If you miss the deadline, you will lose forever your right to pursue compensation for your employer’s wrongdoing.
Possible Remedies for Wrongful Termination
There are a number of different possibilities for damages if you prevail on your wrongful termination case. It often depends on the terms of the specific law that was violated. One possibility is that you can have your job back, if that is what you would like.
You may also be able to collect for lost wages, both back wages and future expected pay. You may be awarded damages for your emotional distress, attorneys’ fees and any other remedy the court deems appropriate. If your employer acted in a particularly egregious way, you may be able to collect punitive damages, which are designed to punish employers for their bad conduct.
Fairfield Wrongful Termination Attorney
Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law, LPA, is a wrongful termination attorney with offices in Fairfield, Columbus, Ohio. He is admitted to practice in all the state courts of Ohio as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He serves those in Franklin, Delaware and surrounding counties. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, review the resources below and Contact Marcus. A Ross at (614) 360-1460.