Generally speaking, being let go from a place of employment happens to be a fact of life. We get a job, we loose a job, we move on. But in some instances, the reason for a lay off is unacceptable. There are several reasons that someone might require the help of an Employment Attorney.
Some reasons that are not acceptable to be laid off from a job would include the following:
Age discrimination. There are laws put clearly in place that prevents an employer from firing or not hiring you just strictly based on age.
Gender discrimination. This is something that is heard about and unfortunately does happen more often than we like to think. This would also include being discriminated against or fired for a pregnancy. It is unlawful to let someone go based on their gender status and the fact that they might be or might become pregnant.
One of the bigger and most often heard of is Race discrimination. Claims for such an act can range from not being hired because of race to racial harassment. We have come so far in the racial divide, but unfortunately in the workplace, this still happens.
Disability Discrimination is also a reason one might need an employment attorney. If you are not hired or let go because of a disability or a perceived disability, under the Americans with Disabilities Act you have the right to recourse.
Other reasons would include religious discrimination and the family medical leave act. Others would be lesser known but important to educate oneself about being Whistle blowers, Overtime and Payday law claims and Breach of Contract.
Whatever the reason for losing your job, double check and make sure your firing was not done illegally. You may have justification to pursue a lawsuit depending on the situation, and in that case, hiring an employment attorney might be your best course of action.