St. Louis Wrongful Termination Lawyer

Wrongful termination typically occurs as a result of two different factors: discrimination or retaliation. The attorneys at Schaeffer Law can determine if you have been wrongfully terminated.

Discrimination

Victims of wrongful termination are fired unfairly because of discrimination based on their:

  • Age;
  • Gender;
  • Disability;
  • Race;
  • Religion;
  • Sexual Orientation;
  • Ethnic identity/heritage;
  • Nationality;
  • Citizenship status;
  • Arrest record/criminal convictions;
  • Obesity/medical history/use of tobacco;
  • Marital status;
  • Political Affiliation.

St. Louis Retaliation Lawyer

Retaliation occurs when an employer terminates or adversely affects one’s employment due to that employee’s activity within a protected classification.  Essentially, an employer cannot punish an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity.  Often, retaliation stems from things such as:

  • Complaining to or participating with a government agency (OSHA, EEOC, etc.);
  • Workplace injuries;
  • Leave under authority of legislation (FMLA, ADA, etc.);
  • Reporting incidents to HR;
  • Being the victim of discrimination.

In order to build a retaliation case, evidence is generally gathered from many sources. Examples of retaliatory treatment may include:

  • Being excluded from work activity and decisions by supervisors and management;
  • Being verbally abused by supervisors or management;
  • Job loss;
  • Receiving fewer assignments;
  • Being passed up for a raise or promotion;
  • Receiving a pay cut or a demotion;
  • Being relocated or reassigned;
  • Physical harm to personal property.

If you have experienced any of this unlawful treatment, contact an employment law attorney at Schaeffer Law.