Oilfield Worker Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

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Workers can sometimes lose their employment based on lay-offs, poor performance, or other issues, but sometimes a termination may violate a worker’s rights – in this case it would constitute Wrongful Termination. When an oilfield worker such as a driller, operator, or engineer loses his or her job based on an illegal premise, they may be able to seek compensation from the company for their termination.

Many states use an at-will employment procedure, meaning that employers can terminate an employee at any time. However, there are some factors that are legally protected. Laws regarding termination procedures vary by state, but some rights are protected by Federal Law.

Termination based on certain factors violates Federal law, making it legally Wrongful Termination, including:

  • Discrimination – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlines that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on factors such as race, religion, sex, color, or national origin. Other legislation has since expanded this to include pregnancy, age, and disabilities. If a worker is terminated, refused a promotion, or otherwise faces negative consequences based on these factor, they may have grounds to seek compensation.
  • Retaliation – Whistleblower laws protect employees who report certain activities, such as filing a report of harassment or discrimination, or reporting illegal activity.
  • Public Service –It is considered a violation of public policy to terminate a worker for completing certain civic duties, such as voting, serving jury duty, serving in the military, or notifying the police of wrongdoing.
  • Fraud – in some instance in which dishonest information was given to an employee, there may be a case of fraud. For instance, if a worker was hired on the premise of relocating, and unknowingly moved to a different city to work for a company which knew it would be bankrupt in a few weeks, the worker could claim that he or she was hired under false pretenses.

In these types of instances, the worker may have grounds to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. Documentation is key in these situations, such as correspondence through email and mail. Thus, workers who have been terminated should keep records of all correspondence with their previous employer.

Wrongful Termination Lawyers

If you suspect that your rights have been violated during your termination, you may be owed compensation as a result. The employment law attorneys of MyBackWages can review your situation with you and determine how to pursue your claim. Contact us today.

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