What Is Considered Wrongful Termination in New York State?

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If you believe that your firing is considered wrongful termination, continue reading to understand how an experienced New York employee rights lawyer at Bell Law Group can work to assess your situation and determine your legal options.

What are the laws surrounding termination in New York state?

Notably, New York is an employment-at-will state. This means that your employer can lawfully fire you with or without cause and with no advance warning. While this may give your employer an unfair advantage in your wrongful termination claim, you still have a chance if you can prove that you were fired for illegal reasons, such as on the basis of race, gender, or other protected classes, or for whistleblowing.

How does New York state determine wrongful termination?

If you believe that you were fired due to illegal reasons, you may have a serious wrongful termination claim on your hands. Such illegal reasoning includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Gender or sex identity.
  • Sexual orientation identity.
  • Religious identity.
  • Disability status.
  • Pregnancy status.
  • Marital status.
  • Your age.
  • Your race.
  • Your national origin.
  • Any other genetic information.
  • Childbirth or related medical conditions.
  • Prior military service record.
  • Prior arrest/conviction record.
  • All other factors/traits that are protected under the Civil Rights Act.
  • Engaging in protected activity, such as reporting violations or suspected violations of law in the workplace.

What should I do if I face wrongful termination?

If you initially do not receive a straightforward reason for your termination, you should ask your employer for a written statement regarding this.

From here, it is crucial that you fully understand your rights. For one, there is a time limit to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer. By the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and New York City’s Human Rights Law, this will be 300 days from the date of your termination.

To best preserve your claim, it is in your best interest to retain the services of one of the skilled Nassau County, NY employment lawyers as soon as you can.


If your employer has possibly committed wage and hour violations, you need to hire an attorney who understands all of the applicable state and federal employment laws. At Bell Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced in private employment claims. We offer a free strategy session and have offices in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C. To schedule your consultation, call 855-566-2355 or contact us.

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