At Risman & Risman, P.C., we dedicate ourselves to the protection of workers’ rights across the state of New Jersey. Our focus lies in employment law, particularly in wrongful termination. If you believe you’ve been unjustly discharged from your job, we’re here to help.

Understanding Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination, also known as unlawful termination, is when an employer fires an employee violating specific legal protections. These protections are present in several state and federal laws, and they exist to ensure fair and just employment practices. However, it’s important to remember that New Jersey operates under an “at-will” employment doctrine. This doctrine means that employers or employees can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, as long as the reason is not illegal.

While the “at-will” employment concept can make wrongful termination claims seem complex, Risman & Risman, P.C. is experienced in navigating these waters. We are here to help you determine whether you have a valid claim and, if so, how to proceed.

When Termination Becomes Wrongful

While employers in New Jersey generally have broad leeway to terminate employment relationships, certain situations can lead to a termination being deemed wrongful. Here are examples of circumstances where termination may be unlawful:

Breach of Contract: If your employer has signed an employment contract with you and it promises job security or specifies circumstances under which you can be fired, a termination that goes against these terms may be considered wrongful.

Retaliation: It’s illegal for an employer to terminate an employee as an act of retaliation for asserting their rights. Examples include:

  • Reporting illegal activity.
  • Refusing to participate in illicit activities.
  • Filing a workplace discrimination or harassment complaint.

Violation of Public Policy: This refers to situations where an employer fires an employee for reasons society recognizes as illegitimate grounds for termination. For instance, terminating an employee for taking time off to vote, serve on a jury, or perform military service could fall into this category.

Real-Life Wrongful Termination Examples

For instance, consider the case of an employee who discovers their company is committing fraud and reports it to the relevant authorities. If the employer fires the employee in response, this could be a clear case of wrongful termination due to retaliation.

In another case, an employee with an employment contract guaranteeing employment for a year is fired after six months without any evidence of poor performance or misconduct. This situation could be a potential breach of contract, leading to a wrongful termination claim.

Our Approach

At Risman & Risman P.C., we believe that no one should suffer from wrongful termination. We are committed to providing professional, empathetic, and determined representation for our clients.

Our first step is to understand your case thoroughly. We will listen to your story, review any documentation you may have, and work with you to build a complete timeline of events. From there, we can advise on whether you have a viable wrongful termination claim.

If you have a claim, we will assist you in gathering evidence, contacting witnesses, and preparing for potential litigation. We will fight passionately for your rights and seek to secure the best possible outcome through negotiation, settlement, or trial.

Why Choose Us?

With years of experience handling wrongful termination cases, we know that providing top-notch legal advice and representation is crucial. The strength of our practice comes from our commitment to our clients, our understanding of the intricacies of New Jersey employment law, and our unwavering resolve to fight for justice.

Don’t let a wrongful termination go unchallenged. Let us stand by your side and provide the legal representation you need to fight back. Contact Risman & Risman, P.C. today for a consultation through our website or at (212) 233-6400.

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