New York City Wrongful Termination Lawyer
You were fired from your job and you didn’t do anything wrong. Unfortunately, this is something that happens to many employees every single day here in New York City. If you’re one of them, you’re most likely looking to get some legal recourse for the damages your loss of employment has caused you. Please continue reading and contact our New York City wrongful termination lawyer to learn more about how Mirza Law can assist you.
Wrongful Termination Lawyer | Fighting for Clients in New York City
We know just how devastating to a person and their family it can be to lose a job. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated on the basis of your race or another protected characteristic, we are here to help. Turn to a knowledgeable New York employment lawyer from Mirza Law today so we can get working on your case.
New York is an Employment-at-Will State
Employment “at-will” means that any given employer in New York State can hire or fire any employee for any reason at all, with some exceptions. For example, if you get in a verbal altercation with your employer, he or she can fire you. If your employer believes you’re not performing to the best of your ability, he or she can fire you. However, employers are prohibited from firing employees based on certain characteristics laid out in both the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York City Human Rights Law. For example, if you believe you were wrongfully terminated because of any of the following, you’ll most likely qualify for a wrongful termination claim:
- Your race
- Your gender
- Your country of origin
- Your skin color
- Your age
- Your religion
- Retaliation for reporting an injustice in the workplace
Filing a Wrongful Termination Claim
The first thing you should do when preparing to file a wrongful termination claim is to ask your employer for their reasoning for terminating your employment. If their reasoning seems off, you should do your best to document their true reasoning for firing you and speak with a skilled New York City wrongful termination lawyer who can assess your case and determine if you have a valid claim. From there, as long as your attorney believes you’ve been wrongfully terminated, he will file a claim and pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Statute of Limitations
If your wrongful termination claim arises due to a violation of federal laws, in general, you need to file a charge of discrimination claim with the federal U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(“EEOC”) within 180 days. However, the dateline in most cases is extended to 300 days If the charge is covered by a state or local anti-discriminatory law. Time is of the essence here. That said, if you’re looking to bring a claim under the New York State Human Rights Law, you will have to file your claim within one year unless you are wrongfully terminated due to filing a sexual harassment claim against your employer, in which case you will have three years to file your claim with the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”). A wrongful termination claim under the New York City Human Rights law also needs to be filed within one year unless you are wrongfully terminated due to filing a gender-based harassment claim against your employer, in which case you will have three years to file a claim with the New York City Commission of Human Rights (“NYCCHR”). In general, to file a wrongful termination claim in a NY court, you will have three years since the alleged discriminatory act occurred.
Contact a Wrongful Termination Lawyer
If you believe you lost your job because of discrimination or retaliation, you need a lawyer who can fight for you. Contact Mirza Law today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced legal team.