Wrongful Termination

Experienced Baltimore Wrongful Termination Lawyers

The employment relationship in Maryland and D.C. is ordinarily “at will,” meaning that either the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at anytime for almost any or no reason. The law prohibits employers, however, from terminating employees for unlawful reasons, such as the employee’s race, national origin, pregnancy, gender, age, disability, religion, or for making protected disclosures to a governmental agency.

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer for one of the reasons previously mentioned, the experienced Baltimore wrongful termination lawyers at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. stand ready to represent you and to stand up for you against your former employer.

Wrongful Termination by Maryland Employers

Employers engage in wrongful termination in a variety of forms.  The most common form of wrongful termination is when an employer discharges an employee because of their race, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability, pregnancy or some other protected status.  These forms of termination are precluded by various state and federal statutes and claims typically can be brought against the employer under those statutes.

Maryland also recognizes a cause of action for wrongful discharge, which is when a termination of employment violates public policy and is not necessarily actionable under a specific state or federal statute.  To establish a claim for wrongful discharge, the employee must show that they were discharged, that the discharge violated a clear mandate of public policy and that there was a nexus between the employee’s conduct and the employer’s decision to terminate the employee.  Maryland courts are very strict about the public policy requirement and typically require that the Maryland legislature have made a clear declaration regarding the particular public policy at issue.  For example, a Maryland court has found a viable claim for wrongful discharge where a teacher at an at-risk youth program was terminated after notifying police that the program’s policies placed children at risk of abuse.  In this instance, Maryland law required educators to report suspected child abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency, so the public policy requirement was satisfied.

Employers also engage in wrongful discharge when they terminate an employee for reporting fraud to federal or state governmental agencies.  If you are an employee and you believe you have been terminated for disclosing your employer’s fraud to a governmental agency, then you may have a claim for wrongful discharge.  Many state and federal laws, such as the Whistleblower Protection Act, shield employees from retaliation by their employer for making such a disclosure.

How Our Wrongful Termination Lawyers Can Help You

We work with our clients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they get full compensation for the damages that they suffered as a result of being wrongfully discharged by their employer.  We pursue damages for back pay, as well as damages for the emotional distress that our clients have suffered as a result of being wrongfully terminated from their job.  Likewise, we also assist our clients in obtaining reinstatement to their job, if that is their objective.

Working with the experienced Baltimore employment attorneys at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. is simple, confidential and efficient. We thoroughly review your options and the law and then put together a comprehensive strategy to achieve your goals.  Attorney Jamaal (“Jay”) W. Stafford is an experienced litigator and is no stranger to the courtroom.  He brings to bear his litigation experience and employment law expertise to craft creative solutions for each of his clients.  You can contact the firm by sending us a message via our website or by calling us at (410) 514-6099. Call us today and let us fight for you.