Wrongful Dismissal

Wrongful dismissal refers to being fired from a job without a legitimate reason.

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Wrongful dismissal, also called wrongful termination or wrongful discharge, is an idiom and legal phrase, describing a situation in which an employee's contract of employment has been terminated by the employer in circumstances where the termination breaches one or more terms of the contract of employment, or a statute provision in employment law. It follows that the scope for wrongful dismissal varies according to the terms of the employment contract, and varies by jurisdiction. Note that the absence of a formal contract of employment does not preclude wrongful dismissal in jurisdictions in which a de facto contract is taken to exist by virtue of the employment relationship. Terms of such a contract may include obligations and rights outlined in an employee handbook.

Duhaime Legal Dictionary

Being fired from a job without an adequate reason or without any reason whatsoever. Can also be referred to as wrongful termination, wrongful discharge or dismissal without just cause.