Being fired from your job can be emotional and scary. And in some cases, you may not know whether or not you were legally fired. While most employment is at will—meaning that you can be fired for any reason or for no reason other than those reasons that are illegal—wrongful termination does happen. The following considers acts of wrongful termination for truck drivers in New Jersey:
It is illegal to fire an employee for any reason that is related to discrimination. This includes discrimination for race, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, national origin, etc. If you believe that you were terminated as a result of one of the above, you may have a wrongful termination suit.
It is also illegal for an employer to dismiss you from your employment post as a retaliatory act. Most commonly, retaliation is taken against the employee as a result of the employee engaging in a legally protected act, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim, filing a claim with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, etc. Regardless of how upset your employer may be about your legally protected action, he or she cannot terminate you in retaliation.
If you have a contract stating that your employment will last up through a certain date, you are probably not an at-will employee, and therefore can only be released per the terms of your contract. If your contract was violated, you should consult with a wrongful termination attorney.
Wrongful Termination for Independent Contractors
Unfortunately, those who are truly independent contractors do not have the same rights as employees when it comes to wrongful termination suits. While an independent contractor could file a breach of contract claim, he or she cannot sue for wrongful termination. An attorney can help you to understand whether you are an employee or an independent contractor.
Speak to a Wrongful Termination Lawyer in New Jersey
Being fired can change your life, and put you in a tricky spot both financially and emotionally. If you believe that your termination as a truck driver or as an individual classified as an independent contractor was unlawful, do not hesitate to contact the New Jersey wrongful termination attorneys at The Sattiraju Law Firm, P.C. Call us now to schedule your free case consultation at 609-216-7817.