Gibson Vance, host of The Beasley Allen Report, welcomes Beasley Allen attorney Larry Golston to discuss Alabama’s wrongful termination laws. Golston has been at Beasley Allen for about 12 years, working primarily on cases involving employment litigation, class actions, insurance bad faith, and white-collar fraud. Alabama is an at-will employment state, which means a person can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all, unless the employee has a contract with his or her employer. The employee also can end his employment at any time. However, a person cannot be fired for discriminatory purposes. Golston says a person needs to ask himself specific questions to determine if he is being discriminated against. “Ask yourself, are you being treated differently than someone else working in the same place based on either race, sex, religion, disability, age, national origin. If you are, then next question you should ask yourself, ‘ok, I’m being treated differently, is it causing me harm in the sense of am I being adversely affected in terms of pay, have I been demoted, have I been terminated; is the environment I’m working in so bad when it comes to trying to perform my job duties that I just can’t take it?’ If those things are affirmative, then you probably are being discriminated against and you may have a claim that can be made,” Golston says. Golston goes on to discuss laws used to govern these cases, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and the statute of limitations – the time-frame by which you have to file a claim.
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