Talk to a Lawyer About Your Wrongful Termination Claims
At Schaefer Halleen, LLC, you can benefit from our experience with complex employee rights’ claims on issues ranging from sexual harassment to unpaid overtime. To learn about your rights in potential cases of wrongful termination, contact one of our employment law attorneys in Minneapolis.
Call 612-294-2600 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer.
The Client: Former C-Level Executive
Problem: Terminated from employment
Approach: Drafted confidential settlement letter raising potential legal claims and negotiated settlement.
Solution: Doubled company offered severance package.
Just what does “employment at will” mean, anyway?
Savvy human resources officers make sure that all employees understand that they work as employees at will — in other words, either party to the contract is free to terminate it for any reason or no reason. Bear in mind, however, that both Minnesota and federal law provide important exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine.
While you can apparently be fired for no particular reason, just as you can quit any time you want, you can’t be fired for an unlawful reason. You just might have a claim for wrongful termination, despite any “official” reasons for your departure, if investigation of the facts reveals that any of the following circumstances played a role in the decision to let you go:
- Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin or any other protected classification
- Retaliation for invoking protected employee rights, such as the right to take medical leave or file a sexual harassment complaint
- Problems with supervisors or managers related to whistleblower activity or supporting the legitimate complaint of a co-worker through cooperation with internal or government investigations
Circumstances suggesting wrongful termination can even exist in cases that appear to be budget- or market-motivated downsizing or layoff situations. Just as employers have become more sophisticated in disguising unlawful treatment of their employees, our lawyers take a highly sophisticated approach to the investigation, presentation, negotiation and proof of wrongful termination claims.
We also advise and represent employees whose termination might involve breach of a contract of employment, severance issues, or partnership dissolution problems, as when an ousted professional or manager also owns an equity stake in the enterprise.
Schaefer Halleen, LLC, has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation as employees’ advocates in class action litigation, sex or race discrimination claims, and employer misconduct such as the sexual harassment case that provided the story for the Hollywood film “North Country.”
To discuss the circumstances of your termination with an experienced employment attorney, contact Schaefer Halleen, LLC, in Minneapolis.
To discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer, please call 612-294-2600.
What Our Clients Say
SchaeferHalleen, specifically Larry Schaefer, was referred to me post a recent dismissal from a former employer as someone I should speak with. I am not a strong believer of the system or suing anyone, so it was a tough call to make. However the dismal came as a shock to me and the small severance package was clearly not going to get me back on my feet. I made the call and met with Larry. Larry was easy to speak with, is passionate about his trade and appeared to be extremely knowledgeable...
Thank you to Larry and the legal team at Schaefer Halleen for your successful effort to resolve a wrongful termination lawsuit on my behalf. I did not believe I had any defenses available to me as an "At Will" employee, but I was wrong. Larry Schaefer put together a strong, compelling case that the company was in the wrong, and was able to work out a settlement on my behalf that I did not think was possible. I am grateful to Larry and the Schaefer Halleen team, and would not hesitate to re...
Peter listened and showed compassion when I really needed it the most. Schaefer Halleen listened to me, showed compassion when I needed it most, and gently gave me the encouragement to pursue a workplace giant by listening to me and gathering hours of facts and details. Peter encouraged me to let your firm approach my former workplace and ultimately reached a settlement in my favor. My faith in Justice was restored with the help of your firm! I will be forever grateful for all your help, h...
I was devastated by my abrupt termination after over 19 years of service. I experienced a deep depression and my sense of self-worth was almost destroyed. Once Schaefer Halleen, LLC, agreed to represent me in pursuing my claims, this feeling began to change and I was so grateful to have advocates who were not only experts in this field, but cared about me as a person.
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