Wrongful Discharge and Termination:
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Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Employment Law Attorney
Generally, at-will employees can be fired for any reason or no reason. There are statutory exceptions to this rule, however. At-will employees generally cannot be fired because of their age, race, sex, religion, disability, for taking a qualified medical leave, for objecting to a polygraph test, for serving on a jury, for fulfilling military duties, or merely for having a criminal conviction.
A Termination From Employment Cannot Be Against the Public Policy of New Jersey.
Employers are not permitted to terminate employees if the termination will violate an important public policy. For example, making certain statements of public concern, for seeking worker’s compensation or unemployment compensation, reporting safety violations in the workplace, and for refusing to engage in or commit a crime.
The above information does not represent an inclusive or a complete list of grounds for wrongful termination. Many state laws, such as New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act and Law Against Discrimination (LAD), provide far broader protections to at-will employees than exist under federal law.
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