If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job in Alabama, you may be able to file a claim. While Alabama has the employee at will doctrine, that does not mean there are not situations in which a claim may be appropriate.
There are federal laws that are in place to protect workers from wrongful termination. Here is a closer look at Alabama wrongful termination and how to proceed with a claim.
What Are My Rights For Wrongful Termination In Alabama?
Alabama has no laws regarding wrongful termination and is considered an employee at will state, so basically the employer could fire you for any reason. However, there are federal laws in place to protect workers.
Federal law prohibits termination based on race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and so forth. If you are fired for a federally protected reason, you can pursue a claim.
The Alabama Worker’s Compensation Act prohibits an employer from firing an employee simply because he or she filed a worker’s compensation claim because of a workplace injury or illness.
There is also time off work in Alabama for military leave, jury duty, ad family and medical leave. An employee entitled to any of this leave who takes leave cannot be fired from his or her job because of taking leave.
Who Is Protected From Wrongful Termination In Alabama?
If you work for an employer covered by the federal laws, which usually applies to workplace with 15 or more employees, you are protected by the federal laws.
You cannot be terminated for race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and so forth, but you must prove this was the reason you were terminated.
If you have filed a worker’s compensation claim because of a workplace incident, you are also protected. You will need to gather supporting evidence showing you were fired because of your claim.
Whistleblowers are also protected, so if you have reported your employer for illegal or unethical activities, then you are protected from wrongful termination as well.
You will need a copy of the documentation proving you were a whistleblower along with the evidence that you were fired simply for being a whistleblower. Documentation is essential to the success of your wrongful termination claim in Alabama.
Suing For Wrongful Termination In Alabama
If you are a victim of wrongful termination in Alabama, you will need to get your claim underway in a timely manner. You will need to gather supporting evidence and documentation.
To get your claim underway, you will need to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You can visit their website to start the claim and you can speak with a representative over the phone or schedule an in-person appointment to get your claim underway.
Enlisting Legal Guidance
If you are a victim of wrongful termination in Alabama, you should consult with an employment law attorney who handles wrongful termination cases.
With the help and guidance of an attorney, you are more likely to succeed with your claim. Be sure to discuss payment options with the lawyer. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to get a free case review.