The Three Reasons Why an Employee can Sue for Wrongful Termination in Maryland

According to a FOX5 September of 2016 report, a former employee of the Prince George’s County Public School System planned to sue for wrongful termination if her termination appeal was not successful.

The former employee was allegedly involved in allegations of abuse in the school’s Head Start program. The alleged criminal activity led to about $6.5 million in federal funding being pulled for the program. The woman was terminated for allegedly failing to report incidents of abuse and misconduct. However, a mother whose child was involved in the allegations backed the former employee and not the school system.

The woman worked for the school system for about 18 years. At the time of the report, she was fighting her termination. It is not known if her termination fight will be successful or if she will file a wrongful termination claim against the County.

‘Wrongful Termination’ is a Misleading Term

The term ‘wrongful termination’ is slightly misleading. Maryland, just like other states and the District of Columbia, is an at-will work state. This means a Baltimore employee can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. Maryland employees work at the will of their employers. In an at-will state, an employee can leave his or her job for any reason and at any time.

An Exception to At-Will Employment May Lead to a Baltimore Wrongful Termination Claim

Although an employer may fire an employee for any reason, employment law does have some restrictions. These restrictions can lead to an employee filing a wrongful termination claim in Baltimore. In fact, an employer cannot fire an employee in the following three circumstances:

    • The employee is fired because of his or her gender, race, religion, or pregnancy status. An employee also cannot be fired because of marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
    • The employer terminates the employee even though he or she had an employment contract
  • The employer terminates the employee in violation of public policy. For instance, the employer terminates the employee because he or she filed a worker’s compensation claim because of an on-the-job injury.

The Damages Available in a Baltimore Wrongful Termination Claim

Damages, or the money awarded in a successful wrongful termination claim, depend on many factors like lost wages. Each wrongful termination claim is unique. So, one fired employee can seek more or fewer damages than another terminated employee.

The damages available in a general wrongful termination claim include, but are not limited to:

    • Full back pay
    • Emotional distress
  • Possible reinstatement of the employee’s job

Work with The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. to Obtain Your Baltimore Wrongful Termination Damages

You were wrongfully terminated by your employer, and the reason your employer gave for the termination is actually against the law. Maybe you are not sure if you were wrongfully terminated. At The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. we are ready to take the next step to get you the money you deserve as a result of being wrongfully terminated. Contact us immediately via our website or via telephone at (410) 514-6099.

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