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What Is a Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination may also be referred as wrongful discharge, wrongful firing, wrongful dismissal, illegal discharge, illegal termination, illegal dismissal or unfair dismissal. Even though it is referred to in many ways, they all basically mean the same which is unfair or unjust illegal employment dismissal.

It is very important to note that a termination would only be considered wrongful when it is done in an illegal way. This means specific existing laws were violated. However when dismissal of a certain employee is only because of personal issues, then it couldn’t be considered wrongful termination.

Laws and regulations play an important role to be able to identify whether the reasons for employment discharge is wrongful or not. An example of a wrongful termination is when an employee gets unjustly terminated after violating a certain law of the restaurant he works for, a law which was clearly stated and explained to him and which he agreed and promised to abide with. In this case, the termination could be considered wrongful since a law was violated.

On the other hand, an example of a termination not considered wrongful is when an employee gets fired by her manager due to their differences in personality that causes them to argue sometimes. Basically for a dismissal to be called wrongful termination, certain laws and regulations should be violated. For this reason, it is important for every employee to read and understand carefully the laws implemented in their place of work to ensure that their employment lasts for as long as they want to.

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