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Wrongful Termination In Indiana: Frequently Asked Questions

Our Indianapolis employment lawyers understand that losing a job can be incredibly stressful, especially if you believe your termination was unjust. To help guide you through this difficult time, we’ve compiled a list of questions we frequently encounter regarding wrongful termination in the Hoosier State. To discuss your specific case, please call us at 317-953-2600 or contact us by email for a free case evaluation. Our wrongful termination lawyers represent clients throughout Indiana.

What constitutes wrongful termination in Indiana?

Indiana is an “at-will” employment state, which means that either the employer or the employee can end the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired for illegal reasons, such as discrimination or retaliation for reporting unlawful things such sexual harassment or wage and hour violations.

How do I know if I’ve been wrongfully terminated?

If you suspect your termination was based on discriminatory reasons — such as race, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin — or in retaliation for exercising your legal rights, such as filing for workers’ compensation or reporting a company’s illegal activities, you might have a wrongful termination claim. We encourage you to fill out our “Do I Have A Case?” form to learn more about your options.

What should I do if I think I’ve been wrongfully terminated?

It’s crucial to gather all relevant documentation, such as emails, employment contracts and any communications related to your termination. Contact an experienced wrongful termination lawyer at Cleveland Lehner Cassidy as soon as possible to review your case and discuss your legal options.

Can I file a lawsuit for wrongful termination in Indiana?

Yes, if your termination was illegal, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. However, the specifics of your case will determine the viability of litigation. Consulting with an employment law attorney at Cleveland Lehner Cassidy can help clarify whether a lawsuit is the appropriate course of action for your situation.

What kind of evidence do I need to support my wrongful termination claim?

Evidence can include witness statements, written communications, company policies and any other documents that can demonstrate the wrongful nature of your termination. Direct evidence of discrimination or retaliation is powerful but not always available, so circumstantial evidence can also be very important.

What kind of compensation can I receive if my wrongful termination claim is successful?

Compensation may include back pay, front pay, reinstatement, promotion or reasonable accommodations, depending on your case. You may also be entitled to damages for emotional distress, attorney’s fees and punitive damages in certain situations.

How long do I have to file a wrongful termination claim in Indiana?

The statute of limitations for wrongful termination claims can vary based on the nature of your claim. For example, discrimination claims typically need to be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the termination event. It’s essential to act quickly and consult with an employment lawyer at Cleveland Lehner Cassidy to ensure that you meet all relevant deadlines.

Will I need to go to court for a wrongful termination lawsuit?

Not all wrongful termination claims result in a court trial. Many are settled out of court through negotiations or mediation. At Cleveland Lehner Cassidy, we thoroughly prepare each case as if it will go to trial because that is the best way to put our clients in a strong position for a favorable settlement. However, if a trial is necessary to pursue justice, we are prepared to vigorously represent you in court.

Contact Our Wrongful Termination Lawyers Today

At Cleveland Lehner Cassidy, we understand that facing a wrongful termination is not just about the loss of a job — it’s about your dignity, your career and your future. If you believe you’ve been wrongfully terminated, don’t hesitate to reach out to our wrongful termination attorneys. For a free case evaluation, please call 317-953-2600 or complete our contact form. Our dedicated team is ready to provide you with the legal support you need to navigate this challenging time and fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.