CanI sue for wrongful termination if I did not agree with certain illegal hiring practices?

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CanI sue for wrongful termination if I did not agree with certain illegal hiring practices?

I was against hiring illegal aliens for cheap labor during our property’s construction rehab phase. I felt insecure, fearful for criminal charges and in fear of losing my job if I did not cooperate. I was laid off a few days after advising the owner for the 6th time that it was wrong and suggested change.

Asked on November 1, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to seek consultation from an employment attorney in your area.  Generally speaking, your question raises the issue of what is known a a whistleblower statute, where a person files a complaint about violations f the law that exist on a work site to an agency such as OSHA and is then targeted for turning in their employer.  That is against the law and protected.  But if you are an employee at will and you you are terminated, the termination has to be discriminatory in some way in order to be illegal.  Much more information needs to be discussed here with someone who has knowledge of the law in your state.  Good luck.


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