May I be terminated from my job? How can I protect myself?
Expert legal advice can help you navigate next steps if you think you are about to be wrongfully terminated or believe your employer is discriminating or retaliating against you. The attorneys at Halunen Law are available to consult with you on what your rights are and strategies to protect them.
What Does At-Will Employment mean?
“Employment at-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason or no reason—except an illegal one—without violating the law. Illegal reasons include, for example, terminating an employee because of gender, age, race, or disability, or for reporting unlawful conduct in the workplace. “Employment at-will” also means an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason without any adverse legal consequences.
If I file a lawsuit, how long will that take?
If you have to “litigate” your case (file a formal court complaint that describes what happened and your legal claims), the process typically takes between nine months to a year and a half from filing the formal complaint through trial. If your case is appealed, or there are other delays, it can take longer. Some cases settle early before a complaint is even filed.
What is the likelihood that my case will settle?
Every case is different and must be evaluated by your attorney based on the particular facts and circumstances of your situation. That said, about 95% of our cases are resolved before trial.
What damages will my employer have to pay if my case is successful?
The damages awarded to you depend on the claims filed and the harm you’ve experienced. Damages can include compensation for past and future wage loss (which is directly related to the money you made in your job), and the emotional pain and suffering caused by your employer. Halunen Law is ready to evaluate your potential claims, explain available damages, and discuss your options. We are experienced employment law attorneys and represent employees on a contingency basis.