If you are a resident of Hawaii and were recently fired from your job, you may have questions about the legality of your termination. Hawaii is an “at will” state, meaning that employers do not have to provide a reason for letting you go in most cases, but there are still laws in place to protect you from being unjustly fired.
Unfortunately, employers do not always follow the law, so it is important for you to recognize the potential signs of wrongful termination.
1. You recently reported inappropriate activity
If your employer fired you after you reported inappropriate, unsafe or even illegal activity in your workplace, also known as whistleblowing, you may have a case for wrongful termination. Whistleblowing is a legally protected right.
2. You missed work while receiving workers’ compensation
It is unlawful for an employer to fire you for missing work after a workers’ compensation award. If your employer let you go while you were recovering from an injury, this is a cause for concern.
3. You missed work to fulfill a civic duty
Employers must allow you time off to serve on a jury, vote or make another court-ordered appearance. Being relieved of duty shortly after one of these scenarios may point to wrongful termination.
4. You tested positive for drugs or alcohol at work
An employer cannot fire you if you test positive for drugs or alcohol while at work. Instead, they must allow you a chance to recover from addiction.
While your employer may not need to give you a reason for your termination, they are still required to obey the law. Knowing your rights can help you protect yourself from wrongful termination.