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When Can You Sue Your Employer?

11 November 2019  

You can't sue your former employer just because you're mad.

Deciding to sue your employer can be hard. And, don't forget, Arizona is a Right-to-Work state. However, in some cases, you may not have other options. But first, before you take a lawsuit against your employer, consider the expectations and commitment that is required. An employee can sue an employer for various reasons, from hiring procedures to unfair dismissal. Here are is a list of four common situations where you can sue your employer.

Wrongful Dismissal

Wrongful dismissal occurs when an employer decides to terminate an employment contract without any justification. Before you decide to hire a wrongful dismissal lawyer, you need to learn where such a case applies. An employee can sue for illegal termination if, first, there is no good reason for termination. Secondly, allegations of poor performance without any or enough evidence. Thirdly, delay in an investigation after a complaint is filed. Lastly, not following company policies during dismissal.


Today, some laws state clearly which various actions should be considered as unfair treatment in the workplace. It is against the law for an employer to single out an applicant based on sex, religion, disability, gender, ethnicity, or race. If you feel that you are treated poorly due to any such reasons, you can file a case. But for you to win an employment discrimination case, you have to prove that;

  • You belong to a group that is legally protected
  • Be able to execute your job very well
  • Prove adverse action in employment that you have suffered
  • Show that your protected group provoked unfavorable action

Workplace Harassment

Harassment can occur in so many different forms. Sexual harassment is among the most common types of workplace harassment, especially in an office setting. It happens when there are sexual advances for favors in workplaces. If you suffer any form of sexual or physical harassment from your boss, supervisor, or employer, then you have the right to take legal action.

Personal Injury

Most workplace injuries are covered under workers' compensation plan. But in some cases, there may occur damages that are not stated on the compensation plan. An employee can sue an employer if the injury occurred at the workplace, and they lack compensation plans, or the policy does not cover the underlying financial burden. The employer is also legally liable for dismissing an injury victim without a justifiable reason.

As it turns out, you can sue your employer if you have enough reason to do so. No one is above the law, so don't suffer in silence – speak up should you feel that your legal rights are being violated at work.




Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.