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Wrongful Termination & the False Claims Act

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Many states adhere to the “employment at will” doctrine. It’s a well-settled principle that an employee can be fired for a “good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.” “Wrongful termination” is a catch-phrase without a distinct legal meaning that has evolved to represent a termination which the employee believes is illegal. Sometimes the termination is illegal. Other times, the termination is simply unfair. And, “unfair” is not synonymous with “illegal.” Illegal terminations, such as a discriminatory termination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, leave an employee without a remedy. “Unfair” terminations which do not offend a protected trait or a protected activity, or violate a statute, do not provide any means of redress.