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Common Reasons To Sue Your Employer

Jeff Martin April 14, 2023

Suing your employer can be complicated and intimidating, but sometimes it may be necessary if you have experienced unfair treatment, discrimination, or harassment in the workplace. As an employee, you have legal rights against this kind of mistreatment, and suing your employer can be a way to hold them accountable for their actions and seek justice.

This blog post will delve deeper into the most common reasons to sue your employer. It's important to note that these grounds can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case and that seeking legal advice from a qualified attorney is essential.

1. Wrongful Termination

One of the most common reasons employees sue their employers is for wrongful termination. It occurs when an employee is fired or laid off for an illegal reason, such as discrimination, retaliation, or breach of contract. 

For example, if an employee is fired because of race, gender, religion, or disability, they may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Similarly, if an employee is terminated in retaliation for reporting workplace misconduct, such as sexual harassment or whistleblowing, they may be able to sue their employer for wrongful discharge.

2. Workplace Discrimination 

Discrimination occurs when employees are treated unfairly because of their sex, race, religion, disability, or other protected characteristics. It can take many forms, including discriminatory hiring or promotion practices and unequal treatment of employees.

If an employee is consistently given inferior job assignments or denied opportunities for advancement because of their protected characteristics, these can also be viewed as discrimination. If a worker goes through it, they may have legal recourse and be able to sue their employer for damages and compensation.

3. Wage Violations

Employees may sue their employer for unpaid wages because they have a legal right to compensation for their work hours. Unfortunately, some employers may take advantage of their employees by engaging in practices such as refusing to pay overtime, not paying the minimum wage, or withholding paychecks for frivolous reasons. 

If you are in such a situation, you should ask your employer why this discrepancy occurred. You may have the right to sue your employer for back pay and fines if it turns out that they committed illegal acts.

Talk to an Experienced Lawyer!

If you are considering filing a lawsuit against your employer, contact the Law Offices of Jeff Martin. Our employment discrimination attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma, can help you understand your legal rights, assess the strength of your case, and guide you through the legal process. Contact us today or visit our law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a free consultation.