Do you have a wrongful termination claim?

If your Missouri employer terminated you for a reason you believe violated your rights, you may be wondering if you have grounds for a wrongful termination claim. Missouri is an at-will employment state, which means that your employer can fire you at any time, and for almost any reason. There are, however, some exceptions to concept of at-will employment, and if your employer takes certain actions, you may be able to hold the party accountable.

Ultimately, per Findlaw, whether you have a valid wrongful termination claim is going to depend largely on whether your firing was in violation of one of your protected rights. It may, too, hinge upon whether you had an existing employment contract in place when your employer terminated you. When it comes to your protected rights, this essentially means that your employer can not lawfully fire you because of something that has to do with your religious affiliation, gender, pregnancy status, race, age or a related right.

You also have a right, as an employee, to call attention to wrongdoing or unethical actions going on in your place of business, which is commonly known as “whistleblowing.” Your employer may not retaliate against you for blowing the whistle about suspected or known wrongdoings by firing you, and if he or she takes such an action, you may again have grounds for a wrongful termination suit.

If your employer breaks an existing employment contract by firing you, this, too, is typically valid grounds for a wrongful termination suit. The basis of the suit would likely be breach of contract.

While this information about wrongful termination claims is informative, it is not a replacement for personalized legal advice.

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