wrongful termination

   The discharge from a job that a court rules is illegal. An employee has the right to sue her or his employer for wrongful dismissal and to seek damages for loss of wages and benefits, as well as, in certain circumstances, punitive damages. For such a suit to succeed, the termination must have been without "cause," and the employee must have had either a written contract specifying continued employment or an implied contract offering legitimate reasons to believe the employment would be permanent; there must have been a violation of laws prohibiting discrimination; or the discharge must have been contrary to "public policy," such as being in retribution for exposing dishonest acts of the employer.

Business law dictionary. 2015.

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