You must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing any private lawsuit, and must do so within 180 days of the alleged offense (your termination). Once the EEOC grants you a “right to sue” letter, you may file a lawsuit. EEOC will issue a right to sue letter once it has found sufficient evidence that a civil rights violation has occurred. It is important that you speak with counsel about this matter. I have also provided a link to the EEOC page regarding filing a charge, for your reference. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Justin C. Lowenthal, Esq.
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File timely with the EEOC.
As an at-will employee, you can quit at any time for any reason, you can be fired for any reason, a rotten reason, or no reason, except unlawful discrimination. If you do not have an employment contract or union to represent you, your recourse is limited. Discrimination based on age, gender, race, religious beliefs etc.... may give rise to a different answer.
You might find my Legal Guide helpful "Workplace Discrimination: A Basis for Wrongful Termination Claims"
If you have a discrimination theory about retaliatory discharge or hostile workplace conditions you'll need a lawyer. Religious belief, age, gender, race etc. all are discriminatory reasons for which you cannot be legally fired and upon which you might base a wrongful termination suit.
You might find my Legal Guide helpful "How to Choose a Lawyer for you.”
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No one can know what the record is in the case because online we cannot find out any details. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
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