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By Louise Herman

It is devastating to lose your job, especially on the unfair basis of your race or another protected class. If you find yourself in the situation of being unfairly fired, it is important to know that the law and a proficient Providence, Rhode Island wrongful termination lawyer are on your side. Follow along to discover how our firm can help you pursue a wrongful termination claim.

Am I eligible for a claim if I was unfairly fired in the state of Rhode Island?

It is important to understand that Rhode Island is an “employment-at-will” state. This means that employers are permitted to hire or fire employees virtually at any time and for any reason, and even for no reason. Because of this, it is possible that you may not be eligible for a wrongful termination claim.

However, if you can prove that your employer fired you as a result of unlawful reasons, including discriminatory reasons, you may have a valid claim. This is because both state and federal law prohibits employers from firing, or otherwise discriminating against, employees based on certain protected classes. Some examples read as follows:

  • Race.
  • Gender.
  • National origin.
  • Age.
  • Disabilities.
  • Religious beliefs.

What steps should I take in I was unfairly fired in the state of Rhode Island?

If you feel that you were unfairly terminated from your place of employment, it is in your best interest to request a written statement from your employer about the reason they terminated your position.  However, your employer is not required to give you a reason. But if the reason provided by your employer does not make sense, or you believe the reasoning is evidence of discrimination or retaliation, do not wait to reach out to a talented Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer as soon as possible. We will evaluate this evidence and determine if you have a case. 


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.