Wrongful termination is a broad term with a specific legal meaning. Although many individuals who are terminated from their employment feel their termination was "wrongful," the legal definition of wrongful termination is limited to only those circumstances where an employee was fired for an illegal reason. An employee cannot be fired on the basis of her race, gender, ethnic background, religion, or disability. It is also illegal to fire an employee because they lodged a legal complaint against the employer, or because the employee brought the employer’s wrongdoing to light. Below you can find information on how states define wrongful termination and what steps to take should it occur.
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