What to do if I was let go at my last job and not for a good reason?

My boss told me that the reason was ,was because I was emotionally unstable due to being pregnant. I was also accidentally sent a text from her where she is talking about me and calling me some bad things. I was wondering if there was anything I could do?

Asked on January 9, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Nebraska


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written about being terminated as a result of being pregnant, I suggest that you immediately consult with a labor law attorney and/or a representative with your local department of labor as to the reasons for your termination.

Based upon what you have written, you seemingly were discriminated upon due to your gender (female) and being pregnant which is against the laws of all states in this country. You should also make an unemployement claim as well.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Normally, unless you have a written employment contract limiting the reasons or grounds for which you could be let go, you may in fact be let go at any time, for any reason--even "not good" ones. (You are an "employee at will" if there is no contract.) However, one of the things an employer cannot do is discriminate against a woman in employment because she is pregnant. By saying that you were "emotionally unstable due to being pregnant," your boss may therefore have committed illegal employment discrimination, since she seems to have based her decision, at least in part, on your pregnancy. Therefore, you may have a claim for illegal employment discrimination. You should speak with an employment law attorney or contact your state equal or civil rights agency.

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