Knowing your employee rights in the state of Wisconsin is an important part of having a successful career. Too many are unaware of federal laws that protect them against harassment, retaliation and uphold their fair labor standards while they are in the workplace. Certain guidelines must be met for all employees, but some are given even further or specialized protection—such as those with disabilities.
Retaliation and wrongful termination can significantly impact the life of an employee. Recognizing when wrongful termination has occurred is the key to safeguarding your position as an employee and any future career opportunities that you may have.
Most employees enter their position under the guidelines of at-will employment. This means that it is commonly understood that the employer has the right to hire and discharge employees as they see fit with no further explanation other than wanting to help their business survive and, “Things were not working out.” Though these circumstances are frustrating, they normally do not fall under the category of wrongful termination.
If an employee brings allegations of harassment or violations against their place of employment or their coworkers and find that they have been terminated shortly after, they might have experienced wrongful termination. Federal laws protect whistle-blowers who shed light on negligence that is occurring in the workplace. These laws prevent the employer from retaliating or removing the person from their position unlawfully.
Wrongful termination does happen. Employees who are attempting to do the “right thing” all too often experience retaliation from their employers. If you feel as if you have experienced wrongful termination, speaking to an experienced attorney might be beneficial.