When Does Termination Violate Public Policy?
If termination was the result of some retaliation or discrimination, then the termination may violate public policy and the employee may be able to take legal action against the employer. Some examples of terminations that are against public policy include:
- discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation;
- discrimination or retaliation for seeking a reasonable accommodation for a disability;
- discrimination or retaliation for having complained about discrimination or unlawful harassment;
- retaliation for taking a medical leave of absence;
- discrimination or retaliation for complaining about workplace safety;
- discrimination or retaliation for filing for workers’ compensation; and
- retaliation for having complained to the employer, or to a government agency about the unlawful activities of the employer.
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