Unfair & Unlawful Termination Lawyers
New Mexico wrongful termination laws describe our state as having “at will” employment, meaning you or your employer have the right to end your work relationship at any time, for any reason. Oftentimes, firings that people consider to be “wrongful” are not considered illegal. Unlawful termination is the result of discrimination, harassment, or breach of contract. To understand the complexities of employment law, contact the attorneys of Berenson & Associates, PC.
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Wrongful Termination vs. Unfair Termination
Since we are an “at will” employment state, your boss can fire you for almost any reason, even if he or she simply doesn’t like you. This may be unfair termination, but it is not unlawful termination. Under New Mexico law, wrongful termination is the result of:
Discrimination in the workplace. Wrongful discharge occurs when you are fired because of your race, age, sex, gender, country of origin, or age.
Retaliation firings. If you complained of discrimination or harassment and were fired as a result of the complaint, it is considered unlawful termination.
Breach of contract. These are rare, but if you have a written or implied contract with an employer that is broken, it can also be considered wrongful discharge.
Wrongful discharge laws are complex and can be difficult to prove in a court of law. Documentation is important. Write down everything—take notes and transcribe any meetings you have with your employer. If possible, gather witnesses in your case.
Contact Our Employment Lawyers in Albuquerque
The employment attorneys at Berenson & Associates can help you to decide whether or not moving forward with a lawsuit is a viable avenue in your case. If you are uncertain whether it was unlawful or unfair termination, contact us to speak with an attorney about your case. We’ll listen to the details of your case and take you step-by-step through the process.