Tulsa Wrongful Termination and Discharge Attorney

Tulsa Wrongful Termination Attorney
30 Years Committed to Representing Wrongful Termination Victims

You’ve been with your company for 30 years. You consider yourself to be a good worker and you’ve been promoted and received commendations for a job well done. You get along with your coworkers and superiors. You’ve just turned 50 and you know that in another 15 years you can retire comfortably. Life is good, right?

Then one day you come to work and are called into your boss’s office. She tells you that your work isn’t up to par and that they’re going to have to let you go. You are shocked because up until that moment, nobody has complained about the job that you are doing. Under the watchful eye of security, you clean out your desk and leave.

Following your termination two other older employees are let go. Something is starting to smell bad here! What is going on? This is only one example of wrongful termination, but it is very common.

There are strict time limits for the taking of legal action in such cases, so do not hesitate to send us an email or call us at 918-660-0400 for a free consultation.

You May Have a Legal Claim if you are Terminated

While it is always stressful and worrisome to be fired or terminated, the emotional distress associated with being laid off or fired is even more extreme when a job loss is the result of discrimination, retaliation or illegal action taken by your employer. Absent an employment agreement to the contrary, Oklahoma is an employment at will state, meaning that your employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason at all. However, your employer may not fire you in retaliation for exercising certain legal rights, in violation of public policy or on an unlawful basis.

If you have been laid off, or wrongfully fired, based on an unlawful reason such as being a member of a protected class under Title VII or similar anti-discrimination laws or in retaliation for exercising rights granted to employees under federal and state laws or in violation of public policy, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. The law office of Boettcher & Lobaugh has been seeking compensation for Tulsa employees and those throughout Oklahoma subject to wrongful termination for over 30 years. We do not represent employers, large corporations or insurance companies because our practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of employees. His law firm is dedicated to holding employers that wrongfully terminate their employees accountable.

Types of Wrongful Termination or Wrongful Discharge Claims

There are a number of protections provided under federal and state laws to Tulsa employees. There are several types of wrongful termination claims including the following:

  • Discrimination: Title VII as well as other federal and state statutes make it unlawful for employers to implement employment policies or decisions based on such impermissible criteria as race, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin or citizenship. If your employer fires you based on any of these unlawful grounds or based on similar forms of employment discrimination, you may have a right to pursue a lawsuit for wrongful termination or wrongful discharge.
  • Whistleblower Protection: There are both federal and Oklahoma laws that protect employees that report certain unlawful or hazardous conduct by their employer. Whistleblower laws offer protection against retaliation from reprisals for reporting these types of illegal or unethical conduct by an employer.
  • Asserting a Legal Right: You have certain legal rights under a variety of state or federal laws and cannot be subject to retaliation in the form of termination of employment for exercising those rights. Some examples of these rights include worker’s compensation claims, leave under the family medical leave act and rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

What Your Tulsa Attorney Can Determine About Your Complaint

Even if you were not actually fired, you may still have a claim for wrongful termination if your employer made the work environment so oppressive that you were forced to resign, possibly constituting a “constructive termination.” Wrongful termination or wrongful discharge cases often involve extensive investigation and analysis of a company’s documents, past records and patterns of hiring and firing, as well as a careful analysis and evaluation of the employer’s stated basis for the termination. Many employees also have employment contracts that provide protection from termination unless it is “with cause” or offers similar protections.

Wrongful termination claims are extremely complex and have many administrative, procedural and timing requirements. Any rights that you have to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit may be affected by your employment contract. If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated, you will likely need to exhaust potential administrative remedies before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. There are strict time constraints for filing an administrative claim which are shorter than the statute of limitations for filing a worker’s compensation lawsuit, so it is important to consult with an experienced Oklahoma wrongful termination attorney promptly.

While the law office of Boettcher & Lobaugh, offer “Big Firm Quality” legal services, we provide the personal attention and close relationship that is necessary when someone has been wrongfully terminated. We care about YOU. When clients are subject to wrongful discharge, Boettcher & Lobaugh know that it can impose immense hardships on you and your family. The Oklahoma wrongful termination law firm of Boettcher & Lobaugh does not represent employers or unions because we are committed to providing personalized attention to each individual client. We have a firmly established reputation for providing innovative solutions to legal problems and persuasive advocacy on behalf of clients. If you believe that you have been the victim of wrongful discharge or wrongful termination in Tulsa or anywhere in Oklahoma, Email Boettcher & Lobaugh or call 918-660-0400 today.