Wrongful Termination

Washington is generally an "at-will employment" state. This means the general rule in Washington is that, unless a contract, collective bargaining agreement or state statute says otherwise, an employer can terminate a worker with or without notice for any reason, good or bad, or for no reason at all.

However, an employer cannot terminate a worker when it jeopardizes Washington's "public policy." This means an employer cannot fire a worker because:

  • The worker refused to commit an illegal act.
  • The worker performed a public duty or obligation (such as jury service).
  • The worker exercised a legal right or privilege (such as filing a worker's compensation claim).
  • The worker reported employer misconduct (such as employer fraud).

If you feel you may have been wrongfully terminated in Kennewick, WA, call employment attorney Adam R. Pechtel today at (509) 586-3091.