Employment Contracts in Kentucky: What To Do If You Believe You Were Unfairly Terminated
If you have an employment contract or agreement with your employer, you are usually not considered an “at-will” employee. This depends on the language of the contract but in many cases you may have more legal protections than someone who is “at-will.” (For your rights and protections when you DON’T have an employee contract, click here).
Both you and your employer are likely protected under your employment contract. This means that you may be required to work for a certain amount of time or under some conditions. It also means that you may have greater protection against being wrongfully fired or terminated or even wrongfully demoted.
Typically under the law, when an employee’s rights are violated under the terms of their contract, this is called “wrongful termination.” Neither Kentucky or Federal law provide an exact specific explanation of what wrongful termination is (i.e.,when your termination by an employer is wrongful) but here are a few examples:
- Violation of the terms of an employment agreement;
- Termination for making use of Family Medical Leave or worker’s compensation;
- Violating the terms of a collective bargaining agreement;
- Violating anti-discrimination law (either federal or state) include acts of discrimination based on race, religion, gender or sex or age;
- Being terminated or demoted due to sexual harassment (example: demoted because you reported sexual harassment); and
- Terminated or demotion based on an assertion of legally protection rights.
There are several key questions that need to be addressed if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated, these include:
- Are you an “at will” or covered under an employment agreement;
- What rights and protections do you have under local and state law as an employee in Kentucky; or
- Whether your rights have been violated by your employer
If you need help figuring out whether you have a claim for wrongful termination or navigating the process of going forward with a wrongful termination claim, do not hesitate to contact the legal professionals at Law Help Louisville by calling 502-771-0588 for more information.