Wrongful Discharge or Termination Claims

One of the fastest growing and evolving areas of employment law is the “wrongful discharge” or “wrongful termination” field. Although they vary from state to state in their source and scope, wrongful discharge and termination claims typically involve allegations that an employer took a negative employment action against an employee for reporting or threatening to report an employer’s violation of “public policy.” Because of recent court decisions in some states, such as Missouri, “wrongful discharge” claims have become easier for former employees to bring and get to trial. Damage awards in such cases can be substantial, and can involve an award of back-pay and compensation for the employee’s emotional distress.

Advising Clients

McMahon Berger’s attorneys have been, and continue to be, on the front line of developing “wrongful discharge” law in the jurisdictions where they practice. Because wrongful discharge and termination laws vary from state to state, it is important that employers understand their state’s specific requirements. Through personalized client contact and periodic legal updates, we have become a resource for small private businesses and corporate general counsels alike on protecting against wrongful discharge claims.

Training Employers

McMahon Berger attorneys routinely conduct trainings and seminars on wrongful discharge law for clients, professionals and human resources organizations. The Firm also provides clients with periodic legal updates on developments in wrongful discharge and other employment-related issues, enabling clients to stay abreast of this developing field.

Defending Clients

McMahon Berger’s attorneys have successfully defended employers against wrongful discharge and termination claims for decades. The Firm’s long experience with these claims enables us to provide employers a unique insight into this increasingly complicated and rapidly changing area of employment law. We understand every employers’ need to manage litigation costs without sacrificing an aggressive defense, and our experience enables us to balance our clients’ interests.

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