By Nyna Fleury
September 09, 2005
What action can "WE" take against a wrongful termination?
If you have been fired without a good reason or in violation of federal or state law (e.g., discrimination), this could be a wrongful discharge and you can challenge your firing, However, before you take action, run your complaint by an attorney for advice because it is likely to be time consuming and costly, and the laws regulating firings vary from state-to-state. But if you succeed, employers can be made to pay back wages, fines, and possible punitive damages or you can be returned to your job.
The odds of successfully winning a wrongful discharge claim if you are an "at-will" employee are slim because your boss has the right to fire you for any or no reason at any time so as long as all protections afforded by state and federal law have been followed. Where no wrong has been committed, "at-will" employees have no remedy for employment termination.
If I am right, I am not covered under this because I am a part time employee.
Where does that leave us part timers? PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS... There are a lot of us little guys in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan what would happen if ALL the summer tour guides quit? Or all the part time employees quit?
I got into tourism because I love my culture and Ketchikan; I feel that when someone saves their whole life to come to Alaska they should get the best Ketchikan has to offer plus the truth. I went as far as taking two of our guests on a free tour because they were told such lies about the Alaskan Natives and Ketchikan. Getting hurt at work, and then fired for it, hurt me personally. The laws help those who are hurting the little guys. The laws need to be changed, so those of us who choose to just work for "just the summer" can work knowing we have rights too.
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