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New York City Wrongful Termination Lawyer

If you or a family member were recently terminated from your employment, then you should undoubtedly look into the legality of your termination. Every employee has rights that must be met based upon New York employment law, and a New York City wrongful termination lawyer can help you better understand what your best course of legal action is within a potential wrongful termination case. A wrongful termination lawyer can advise you properly about your options when your employment is coming to an end.

There are countless ways in which an employee can be illegally fired; and the experienced wrongful termination lawyers at the Giordano Law Offices are here to guide you through many different practice areas, including every step of these complex settlement negotiations and wrongful termination lawsuits.

Below we’ll be going over everything you need to know about wrongful termination law, employment law and your wrongful termination case, and as always feel free to reach out to us online or call/text us at 646-217-0749 to obtain a free consultation with an NYC wrongful termination lawyer today.49.


There of course are many things that you should be on the lookout for during the hiring process of a wrongful termination attorney, and this is because your specific wrongful termination case will always be unique and require an employment law expert. When your employment is in jeopardy or you have been subjected to a wrongful termination, your wrongful termination lawyer will advise you on relevant employment law and explain the best options.

Some of the common traits of the best New York City wrongful termination attorneys include the following:

  • Experience
  • Honesty and clarity
  • Great communication skills
  • Always supportive of their clients
  • Having availability by phone, email or text
  • Always results-oriented
  • Organization throughout the entire law firm
  • A high level of integrity
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing facts/goals
  • Strong commitment to preparation

What Is Wrongful Termination?


Wrongful termination is an unlawful act conducted by an employer when they terminate an employee’s employment contract or employee at will status in a way that violates at least one term of the employment agreement or employment law, including the common law or at least one federal/state employment law statute. It’s important to note that a lot of people simply don’t have formal employment contracts, but this doesn’t mean that wrongful termination cannot apply to your employment situation.

Although there isn’t any single wrongful termination statute within federal law, there are New York state laws, New York City laws, and several federal laws that define what exactly constitutes wrongful termination.

Types Of Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination just so happens to be very common throughout New York and New York City, which is why everyone should have employment lawyers in their contacts just in case any of the following telltale signs pertain to you or your co-workers when they’re fired:

Wrongful termination just so happens to be very common throughout New York and New York City, which is why everyone should have employment lawyers in their contacts just in case any of the following telltale signs pertain to you or your co-workers when they’re fired:

  • Your Case Entails Discrimination: There are both state and federals laws that prohibit a company from firing (or not hiring) any individual based upon race, age, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and nationality. Discrimination and race issues are undoubtedly hot topic issues throughout all of New York NY, and our wrongful termination attorneys will ensure that your rights are upheld within the parameters of New York labor law.
  • Your Cause Of Termination Entails Retaliation: Retaliation within employment law would entail a situation in which an employer fires employees based upon an existing claim of discrimination, sexual harassment, etc., or their overall participation within an investigation.
  • You’ve Refused To Participate In Unlawful Acts On Behalf Of Your Employer/Company: If the reason why an employee has been terminated is due to their unwillingness to commit an illegal act, then the employee will undoubtedly have a wrongful termination claim. You may be entitled to whistleblower status under a variety of state and federal laws governing employment in various areas, including the financial industry, banking industry, manufacturing, government contracts and other areas.
  • You’re The Victim Of Sexual Harassment, Violence or a hostile environment : It doesn’t matter if this violence/harassment is physical or verbal, no employee can be legally terminated for refusing to tolerate sexual harassment, violence or a hostile environment of any kind.
  • Violations Of Termination Procedures: Every company should provide an employment agreement that stipulates specific procedures in terms of termination, so if an employer doesn’t follow these specific procedures then you may potentially have a wrongful termination case.

There are also many other common signs of wrongful termination in New York City, including employer fraud, whistle-blower violations, and potentially even public policy violations.

Can You Sure For Wrongful Termination In Nyc?

It’s important for people living in New York City and New York NY to understand that New York has an “at-will employment doctrine”, which means that most employers based in New York may be capable of firing an employee (who does not have an employment contract) for any particular reason and for no reason at all, except for a discriminatory reason.

However, discrimination based upon race, sexual orientation, pregnancy and so much more can entitle a terminated employee to seek financial compensation. There are also many other damages associated with wrongful termination cases, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost severance pay
  • Lost employee benefit funds
  • Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees
  • And potentially reinstating employment

What Is The Average Payout for Wrongful Termination?

The average payout amounts within wrongful termination lawsuits will be the equivalent of all economic and noneconomic damages resulting from the wrongful termination. The amount can range beyond hundreds of thousands of dollars and into the millions depending on the particular case. There are of course many different factors that will ultimately determine the settlement or court award amount per case, including the salary, bonuses, benefits and the ability to find alternative employment.

What Is The Process Of Filing A wrongful Termination Case?

One of the many reasons why unlawfully terminated employees will require the assistance of a New York City wrongful termination attorney is because the filing process for these claims is really complicated. You’ll need to keep the following in mind while initiating your claim:

  • Documenting Everything About Your Job/Termination: This includes things like official paperwork, termination notice, job performance reviews, company policy handbook, employment contract, pay stubs, co-worker interviews, union contracts, official communication documentation, and much more…
  • Hiring Experienced Wrongful Termination Lawyers: Employment law is complicated, so you’ll need an experienced law firm to analyze all the details about your case and provide you with a strategy towards your best course for legal action.
  • Filing Your Wrongful Termination Case: Properly filing your claim is a lot easier said than done, but employment law specialists will know exactly how to handle this portion of the process for you. Discrimination lawsuits will need to be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as other New York state agencies. But how you file your claim will ultimately depend upon what type of claim you’re filing, which is why you’ll need an ample amount of legal expertise on your side.
  • Proving The Illegality Of Your Termination: This will entail a lengthy discovery process, an employment litigation process prior to a trial, or going to trial. No matter where this portion of the process goes, our NYC wrongful termination lawyers will have your best interests in mind and put you in the best direction towards full and fair compensation.

Is My Employer Required To Tell Me Why I Was Fired?

It’s important to understand that federal and state laws do not require employers to send out written documents that explain the reasoning behind an employee’s termination. However, employers are required to notify their employees of specific termination-related circumstances due to the Consolidated Omnibus Benefits Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

COBRA pertains to health benefits continuation, and WARN pertains to workers needing notice prior to being laid off.

Can My Employer Fire Me And Then Deny Me Unemployment Benefits?

When an employee is fired from their job, their unemployment benefits may be put into jeopardy. This is because unemployment benefits are only provided to those who were fired based upon no fault of their own or not for “cause.”

So yes, your former employer can inform the state that you were fired from your job for cause and subsequently have your unemployment benefits denied. In some circumstances, an employer’s efforts to prevent an employee from obtaining unemployment compensation may be deemed a retaliatory measure for which they would be subject to a lawsuit and damages.

What To Do After You’re Wrongfully Terminated In New York City?

There’s no doubt about it that losing your job is stressful, particularly if you believe that you were illegally fired. Here are some steps to keep in mind for those moments after you’ve been wrongfully terminated in New York:

  • First, try to calm down and collect yourself.
  • Take a closer look at your unique scenario, and try to get an official explanation from the company.
  • Start collecting as much evidence as you can. Be careful not to violate confidentiality, trade secrets and nondisclosure agreements you may have signed.
  • Reach out to a New York City wrongful termination lawyer and explain your situation during your free consultation.
  • Work with your employment attorney to properly file your wrongful termination claim with the correct regulatory agencies.
  • Lastly, let your wrongful termination lawyer can either file a lawsuit or arbitrate your dispute when required.
Contact Our New York City Wrongful Termination Attorney Today

The Giordano Law Offices have supported countless employees and employers in terms of wrongful termination lawsuits, and our employment law specialists will be there for you through every step of these complicated legal proceedings.

Reach out to us online or call us at 646-217-0749 to get in touch with our New York City wrongful termination lawyer and schedule your free consultation today.

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