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WRONGFUL TERMINATION – Employees discharged in violation of a recognized public policy may, in some circumstances, bring an action for common law wrongful discharge.

For example:

  • Employee is fired for exercising a legal right, such as filing a worker’s compensation claim;
  • Employee is let go for refusing to commit a crime;
  • Termination for performing a statutorily imposed duty, such as a teacher or child care provider who is a mandatory reporter under state law;
  • Employee is terminated in violation of a statutory protection and the statute does not provide a remedy.