Arizona Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Most employees are aware that employment in Arizona is generally an "at-will" arrangement, which means that either the employee or the employer may terminate the relationship at any time and without any reason. That does not mean, however, that employees may not pursue claims against employers for wrongful termination where the employer's action is the result of an illegal motivation. For example, employees may have a claim for wrongful termination if they are fired for reporting violations of the law by their employer. Similarly, an employer may not terminate an employee based on his or her age, race, religion, disability, or membership in some other protected class.
An Arizona wrongful termination lawyer can discuss you rights and help you deterime what remedies you might have if you believe you've been wrongfully discharged.
An Employee's Duty To An Employer
While an employee certainly has an obligation to his or her employer, an employee may not be retaliated against for refusing to ignore the illegal actions of an employer. Arizona's Employment Protection Act, for example, prohibits termination in retaliation for "The refusal by the employee to commit an act or omission that would violate the Constitution of Arizona or the statutes of this state." Other State and federal laws provide similar protections for whistleblowers who report illegal conduct.
Proving A Wrongful Termination Case
Establishing a wrongful termination case can be difficult and you should seek the assistance of an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible. That lawyer can meet with you and discuss all the facts and circumstances that led up to your termination in order to determine all the potential claims and address the defenses that may be raised by the employer.
In order to prove the case and recover damages you'll have to establish the legal violation by the company and show the actual harm you have suffered. An experienced lawyer can help you understand the risks and benefits of pursuing a claim and, if necessary, the costs associated with litigating your claim.