How do I know if I have been wrongfully terminated?

If you were recently let go from your job in Missouri, you might be wondering if your firing was illegal. You are not alone. According to the, employers in the United States wrongfully fire 150,000 workers each year. If your employer terminates you for an illegal reason, they may have violated your rights, giving you cause to seek to file a claim. 


By law, employers are not allowed to use gender, age, race, religion and disability to discriminate against their workers. Your employer and their representatives, i.e., supervisors and employees cannot speak to and mistreat you by singling you out. They also cannot treat you differently than your coworkers and ignore the conditions in your employment contract. It is also wrong for them to fire you for refusing to accept workplace abuse and discrimination and reporting it. 

Illegal activities 

If your employer asks you to commit an unlawful act during your employment and terminates you for refusing, they are breaking federal and state laws. It is illegal for you to be coerced or asked to commit a crime as a condition of employment. 

Not following company policy 

Employers must follow certain procedures for firing employees. Those requirements are usually outlined in company policies, handbooks and employee contracts. When the proper steps are not taken to terminate your employment with them, you may have grounds for a claim. For example, if your employer’s policy is to provide three write ups/warnings before termination can take place, but you only received two before being let go. 

There are other circumstances that can result in wrongful termination. You should review your company’s policies, employee handbook and consider seeking legal guidance.

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