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Understanding wrongful termination and retaliation

Employees in Maryland may benefit from learning more about some of the facts concerning wrongful termination and retaliation. Firing an employee in violation of a public policy mandate is the only scenario that qualifies as wrongful termination. Retaliation may be described as an employee suffering adverse action after exercising employee rights like reporting harassment or discrimination, requesting accommodations for disabilities, filing worker's compensation, requesting a leave of absence covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act or reporting misconduct.

Adverse action may result in an employee being wrongfully demoted or denied benefits. Some employees receive a retaliatory discharge because they report the incident internally or to the appropriate regulatory parties. Employees who need to report inappropriate actions at the workplace may contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. However, for many employees, it may be difficult to successfully file a claim against an employer for an unfair termination.

Proving an incident to be a wrongful termination or retaliation typically depends on considering specific facts and standards. Employees' perception of injustice may not always justify a claim against unlawful behavior at the workplace. However, there are several state and federal laws in place to protect employees from incidents that qualify as retaliation and wrongful termination. Employees who feel victimized by a wrongful termination or retaliation typically benefit from consulting legal counsel.

Lawyers may be able to investigate the claims and determine if the employer is in violation of state of federal employment statutes. Our lawyers have assisted hundreds of employees with filing claims in federal and state courts and with regulatory agencies. Our legal staff is trained to carefully review the particulars of your case and provide guidance on exploring the available options for taking legal action. If you're interested in learning more, you may benefit from visiting our webpage on wrongful termination.

Source: The law firm of Stephen S. Burgoon, "Retaliation And Wrongful Termination", December 01, 2014

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