Wrongful Termination Attorney in Utah
Utah Wrongful Termination Laws
In Utah, there are several different categories of wrongful termination:
- Discrimination: Under federal law, it is illegal to fire an employee based on their membership in a protected class. Under federal law, protected classes can include race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, or disability. Utah law provides additional protection for sexual orientation and pregnancy.
- Breach of contract: If you have a written contract promising employment for a certain amount of time, you are not an “at-will” employee. If your employer fires you while you were fulfilling your obligations under the contract, you may have a breach of contract claim.
- Time off work: Federal law and Utah law protect employees who take time off work for military obligations, jury duty, voting, attending court with a minor child, and who take approved FMLA leave.
- Reporting illegal activity: Utah law provides protection for employees who report illegal conduct in the workplace.
- Participation in protected activities: Federal law and Utah law protect employees who report and participate in investigations of some state and federal law violations, including occupational safety complaints, wage and hour complaints, and employment discrimination complaints.
If you believe that you were fired for these reasons or in violation of any other applicable state or federal laws, it is important to speak with an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
An experienced Utah employment lawyer can help identify potential violations that your employer committed in terminating your employment. Additionally, because these cases often have very short and strict time deadlines, a Utah employment law attorney will identify these deadlines and ensure that you do not miss any of these strict and unforgiving deadlines.