Hawaii Employment Law Firm Recovers for Wronged Employees
Finding solutions to correct unfair actions directed at workers
Thater Law Group, P.C. assists current and former employees who have been terminated in violation of Hawaii law or slandered by their former supervisors. We avoid legalese and set forth from the very beginning of your case what laws protect you and how you may be able to recover. If you think that your dismissal was based on illegal grounds or that your boss was trying to retaliate against you, we can investigate your claim and file a lawsuit when it is warranted.
Seeking recovery for defamation by former employers
If you’re having unexpected difficulty finding a new job and suspect that a vindictive employer might be to blame, our experienced attorney at Thater Law Group may be able to help. Hawaii law grants current and former employers immunity from defamation suits when providing an honest employee reference. However, if a plaintiff can show that the reference was knowingly false or misleading, the employer can be held liable. Once you meet with us and describe your circumstances, we can give you an informed assessment of whether you are eligible to recover.
Ways in which employees are unlawfully fired
Many Hawaii workers are classified as at-will employees, meaning that employers are able to terminate them without a reason or cause. However, you may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been discharged for one of the improper reasons recognized by Hawaii law. Thater Law Group represents individuals who have been wrongfully terminated for:
- Discriminatory action — Federal law bans discrimination based on many personal characteristics, such as race, religion, age and sex. Hawaii adds several protected classes to this group, such as those with arrest records or poor credit histories. Thater Law Group can explain your rights and help you file a lawsuit or claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.
- Reporting safety violations — Hawaii employers are prohibited from terminating workers for asserting their rights under workplace safety laws or for reporting safety violations.
- Military leave — Members of the United States military can take up to five years away from work in order to serve. Any discharge during that period or for up to one year after they return is illegal. Hawaii also grants protected unpaid leave to residents while they serve in the state’s National Guard.
- Domestic violence leave — Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are entitled to unpaid time off to address their medical, safety and legal concerns.
Discrimination cases are often subject to special rules and deadlines. If you’re unsure about your rights, Thater Law Group can discuss what you need to do.
Fighting retaliation against whistleblowers who report employer wrongdoing
Hawaii law protects both public and private employees from retaliation when they report employers’ statutory or contractual violations. If you believe you’ve been fired because you reported wrongful conduct, you have two years from the date of your termination to file a suit. Exposing fraud by your employer against the government might make you eligible for a share of the eventual recovery and penalty taken by the government.
Contact an aggressive Hawaii wrongful termination law firm
If believe you are a victim of wrongful termination, employee retaliation or defamation, contact Thater Law Group, P.C. You can call us at 855-210-1701 or contact us online. Our office is located in Honolulu.