Pittsburgh Wrongful Termination Attorneys

Pennsylvania is an employment-at-will state. This means that unless you have an employment agreement, you can be fired without cause. However, your employer cannot fire you for an illegal reason — for example, because you are pregnant. It often takes an attorney's help to determine the difference between a legal termination and one that is illegal.

At the law firm of Joshua M. Bloom & Associates, P.C., we represent the victims of wrongful termination in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. In appropriate cases, we also represent small business employers rather than employees. Because we can handle either side of a dispute, we are able to guide clients toward forward-looking resolutions.

Give us a call today to arrange an initial consultation to evaluate your case and explain your options.

When Is Termination Wrongful?

Many people who are terminated feel that they were fired unfairly. Concerns about fairness are of course common in employment disputes.

But there is a difference between "unfair" and "illegal." You only have a case against your employer if the firing was illegal.

Termination is illegal only if it is based on your protected status or because you engaged in a protected activity. For example, your employer cannot fire you:

  • Based on your age, race, gender, disability, national origin, sexual orientation (some locations) religion or pregnancy
  • For filing a workers' compensation claim
  • For complaining of discrimination or sexual harassment
  • For taking family or medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • For refusing to do an action that is illegal

However, your supervisor can fire you because you dated his cousin. While unfair, the termination is not illegal because dating the boss's cousin is not a protected activity.

Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to represent your interests effectively in a wrongful termination dispute. We have skills not only in traditional litigation, but in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

What Compensation Can I Receive if My Employer Illegally Terminates Me?

Compensation in wrongful termination cases can include back wages, lost benefits, job reinstatement in certain cases, lost future pay and benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages in certain cases.

Attorney Consultation

Please call our Pittsburgh wrongful termination lawyers at 412-567-6650 or 866-974-0915 for a confidential consultation. We handle most wrongful termination cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you.