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Can At-Will Employees Make a Wrongful Termination Claim?

The state of New Hampshire uses “at-will” employment laws. This means an employee can choose to end their relationship with their employer for any reason, at any time, and vice versa. However, that’ doesn’t necessarily mean every termination is lawful. In fact, there are two circumstances where at-will employees can make a wrongful termination claim.

Discrimination

Employers may not terminate your employment solely because of your race, gender, religion, age, or other “protected class.” As a New Hampshire resident, you have the right to be protected from unlawful discrimination in the workplace.

That said, demonstrating that management terminated your employment solely because of discrimination can be extremely difficult, often requiring a great amount of investigation. When you hire an employment law attorney, they can conduct the necessary interviews and gather the documents needed to demonstrate wrongful termination.

Retaliation

New Hampshire residents also have a right to protection from retaliation in the workplace. That means an employer cannot terminate you because you filed a harassment claim, raised concerns about unethical business practices, or if you require accommodation after an injury.

It is especially important to hold employers accountable in these situations. If you believe your employer is punishing you, you should talk to an attorney immediately. An attorney can ensure that all documents related to the retaliation are collected so you have a much stronger chance of proving a wrongful termination claim.

If you have concerns about employment law, let us help. To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced New Hampshire employment law attorney from Upton & Hatfield, LLP, don’t hesitate to call (603) 716-9777 or send us an email.

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