My employer terminated me stating that I had stolen money, which I did not. My employer attempted to force me to pay, and I did not. I was terminated without any evidence at all, What recourse do I have?
1 Answer from Attorneys
In the District of Columbia, an employee may sue an employer for wrongful discharge if the employer terminates the employee for: (1) refusing to engage in illegal conduct, (2) exercising a statutory right, or (3) reporting an employer's or a co-worker's illegal conduct. Specific examples of public policy exceptions to the "at will" employment doctrine include:
* Refusing to drive a truck without a required inspection sticker in violation of a D.C. statute;
* Testifying before the D.C. City Council about patient safety issues;
* Filing or threatening to file a complaint regarding an employer's violation of D.C.'s minimum wage statutes;
* Threatening to inform the Food & Drug Administration about drugs being maintained at an unsafe temperature; and
* Reporting a co-worker's health code violation.
An employee alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy must bring a claim within 3 years of the alleged wrongful termination. A prevailing employee may be awarded lost pay, and compensatory and punitive damages.
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