Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Settlement Funding

Wrongful termination litigation can take a long time with extensive out-of-pocket expenses for attorneys. RD Legal Funding provides solutions for lawyers and their clients faced with long-term settlement payouts. RD Legal Funding’s proprietary Fee Acceleration program can provide you with cash now. Simply fill out the brief application to the right to become eligible for a free consultation with a legal funding specialist — or call 1-800-565-5177 to speak with a Fee Acceleration expert.

About Wrongful Termination

Most employment in the United States is at will — the employer can fire the employee at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all, unless the reason for the termination is illegal. Termination for illegal reasons is called wrongful termination.

Employees can be sheltered from at will termination in a variety of ways including written promises or contracts. Sometimes employees are protected by an implied promise based on things the employer said and did. For example, promises might have been made in the hiring process of long-term employment. Determining factors for an implied promise can include violation of dismissal procedures laid out in employee manuals. A court’s decision about implied promises is influenced by these factors:

  • Duration of employment
  • Regularity of job promotions
  • Positive performance reviews
  • Assurances of continuing employment

If the employer acted unfairly, a determination of wrongful termination can be reached based on a breach of good faith and fair dealing. Examples include:

  • Terminating or transferring employees to prevent them from collecting sales commissions
  • Deceiving employees about their chances for promotions and wage increases
  • Falsifying reasons for firing an employee when the real motivation is to replace them with cheaper labor
  • Down-playing a job’s negative aspects
  • Repeatedly transferring an employee to remote, dangerous, or otherwise undesirable assignments to coerce the employee into quitting without collecting severance pay or other benefits that would normally be due

Violating certain laws are sound grounds for wrongful termination suits. These include firing an employee who takes time off to do jury service, vote, or serve in the military or National Guard. The law also protects whistleblowers from being fired and employees who file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Different states have additional laws.
Firing an employee because of their race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, or genetic information is illegal.

If fraud can be proved in the following ways, then the employer is guilty of wrongful termination:

  • Employer makes a false representation
  • Someone in charge knew of the false representation
  • Employer intended to deceive
  • Employee relies on the representation and is harmed in some way

Employers are liable if it can be proved that they:

  • Made a false statement about the employee
  • Made the statement with malice
  • Told or wrote that statement to at least one other person
  • Harmed the employee in some way by communicating the statement

Wrongful termination settlements are typically between $300,000 and $500,000 but can go into the six figures. The settlement covers lost wages but only covers attorney's fees and punitive damages under certain circumstances.

One well-known wrongful termination suits involved Sandy Baratta, former Oracle Vice President for Global Alliance. After convincing a jury that she was terminated because of her pregnancy and whistle-blowing, a judge ordered Oracle to pay her $300,000 in lost wages, $2 million of canceled stock options which formed part of her compensation package, plus $200,000 in damages for emotional distress.

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