Though Nevada employers have some leeway when deciding to fire an employee, their actions can rise to the level of wrongful termination in some situations. Even in an at-will state, there are laws that prohibit employers from firing an employee for unlawful reasons. You have rights if you were terminated in violation of these statutes, but it is important to get legal help when filing a claim.
At H1 Law Group, our Las Vegas wrongful termination attorneys have extensive experience pursuing employers who take adverse action against employees based upon illegal grounds. Please contact our firm to schedule a consultation to learn more about your rights and legal remedies for wrongful termination. You may also find it helpful to review some important information on how these cases work.
Pursuing employers who take adverse action against employees based upon illegal grounds
As a worker in an at-will employment state like Nevada, your employer can terminate you for any reason, at any time, for almost any reason. However, you cannot be terminated on grounds that are prohibited by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Nevada Fair Employment Practices Act. Termination is wrongful if you were fired because of your:
- Sex, including pregnancy and similar medical conditions;
- Religion; or,
- Other reasons as designated by law.
In addition, you cannot be terminated for taking part in activities that are protected by law, such as:
- Asserting a legal right, such as filing a wage or workers’ compensation claim;
- Participating in an official investigation;
- Filing a claim for discrimination or harassment;
- Requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability; and,
- Many other protected activities.
Filing a Claim for Wrongful Termination in Nevada
If you believe you were fired for illegal reasons, you can file a wrongful termination claim with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This is the first step to addressing wrongdoing in the workplace, due to a legal concept called “exhaustion of your legal remedies.” Your claim goes through the mediation process where you attempt to resolve the dispute.
However, if you are not satisfied with the results of mediation through NERC or the EEOC, you can file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer. You may be entitled to recover back pay and attorneys’ fees. You can also seek equitable relief, such as reinstatement of your former job.
You should note that, for all wrongful termination issues, there is a statute of limitations that provides a time limit on filing a claim. If you do not take proper action, either through the proper agency or in court, your claim is forever barred.
Discuss Your Case with a Nevada Wrongful Termination Lawyer
If you believe you were fired for unlawful reasons, please contact the Las Vegas wrongful termination attorneys at H1 Law Group. You can reach our office to schedule a consultation by calling (702) 608-3720 or going online. Our knowledgeable lawyers will guide you through the complicated process of filing a wrongful termination claim with the NERC or EEOC. We are also prepared to take the matter to court to ensure the protection of your rights.
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