What is Wrongful Termination?

Employees can be fired for almost any reason, because employment is usually “at will.” But the key word there is almost, because there are certain reasons that are just not acceptable. If an employee has been fired because of an unacceptable reason, it can be said that he has been a victim of wrongful termination.

The website of the Leichter Law Firm mentions that those who have been wrongfully terminated may have legal options, but they should seek legal help immediately, because most of the time, there is only a specified period in which they can take their case to court.

But how can wrongful termination occur? Below are some of the most common ways.

Breach of Contract or Policy

If a person has been terminated in a way that violates the contract he has signed with the employer, he may have a wrongful termination case in front of him. The same can be said for an employee who has been terminated in a way that violates the employment policies of the employer.


One of the most controversial aspects of employment is discrimination. An employee can be said to be wrongfully terminated if he has been fired directly because of his inherent features, such as age, ethnicity, race, and sex, or personal preferences, such as gender and religion. It can also be argued that those who have been fired because of pregnancy have been wrongfully terminated.

Malicious Termination

There are also instances wherein employers act maliciously for their own benefit, often resulting into the detriment of the employees. For example, if an employer fabricates reasons to terminate you so it can replace you with someone who is willing to accept less pay, you may be a victim of wrongful termination.


Retaliation is mostly about abuse of power, wherein the employer terminates an employee who is starting to become a legal threat to the organization, such as those who expose their employers’ illegal activities and those who file workers’ compensation claims.