Washington State Wrongful Termination Lawyer
It is very frustrating to feel wronged by an employer, for whom you have worked hard. However, it is necessary to remember that Washington is an 'at-will' employment state. Many employer actions do not require a reason. I am Spokane employment law attorney, Stanley A. Kempner, Jr., and with my years of legal experience, I am able to effectively assess for clients the validity of their claim and protect their rights. Contact me today to speak with an experienced Spokane discrimination and sexual harassment attorney.
What Constitutes a Valid Wrongful Termination Claim?
Because Washington is an 'at-will' employment state, employees can quit and employers can terminate an employee without reason or ramification. This makes some wrongful termination claims difficult. Claiming that there was treatment disparity or a hostile working environment does not constitute a valid claim.
The following may constitute a valid wrongful termination claim:
- If a contract for employment was violated
- If the employee handbook set forth a warning procedure for termination and the procedure was violated
- If there is proof discrimination was the cause for termination, such as age, race, sex, disability, sexual preference, national origin, pregnancy, or other discrimination claims
Regardless of whether the employee was wrongfully terminated, one must prove damages or harm in order to have a successful case.
As an experienced Washington wrongful termination attorney, I assist clients in evaluating their case, analyzing the contract for employment, reviewing the personnel manual, and evaluating damages my client sustained. If my client has a valid claim, I aggressively pursue compensation for lost wages, emotional harm, attorneys fees, and potentially punitive damages.