Macy’s was founded in 1858 but now employs over 130,000 employees worldwide. In fact, Macy’s is one of the largest retail chains in the United States. However, wrongful termination and discrimination runs rampant within the company, as many lawsuits have been filed by aggrieved employees. Hiring a Macy’s Wrongful Termination Lawyer is crucial if you are looking to fight the goliath retailer for their illegal actions.
However, a mistaken belief for most Macy’s employees is that he or she won’t be able to file a lawsuit because of the at-will provisions that govern the relationship. While at-will employment relationships can limit employee rights, you cannot be fired for an illegal reason.
Nonetheless, Macy’s employees have rights, even if their employment is defined as “at-will.” In fact, an ex-Macy’s employee was awarded over $650,000 after the employee raised concerns that he was being discriminated against due to his age.
Customers put a lot of trust into the hands of the Macy’s. However, when Macy’s treats their employees poorly, the level of attention to their customers goes down as well. Our team of Macy’s wrongful termination lawyers are prepared to help you recover against the behemoth retailer if you’ve been fired because of your age, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, or status as a whistleblower.
Types of Employee Lawsuits Against Macy’s
- Discrimination: discrimination occurs when an employee is treated less favorably than other employees because of a protected characteristic or protected activity. Protected characteristics include age, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, etc. On the other hand, protected activities include reporting a violation of law or regulation to the law enforcement or to Macy’s itself.
- Whistleblowing: whistleblowing is included in the list of protected activities. California has enacted sections 1102.5, 98.6, 6310, and 6311 of the government codes to address whistleblower discrimination and retaliation. In other words, you cannot be fired or subject to any other adverse employment action for reporting a safety violation, sexual harassment, discrimination of another employee, or related reports.
- Pregnancy Discrimination: this occurs when you are harassed or suspiciously terminated during a pregnancy. Women should not have to feel different while working because of a pregnancy.
- Sexual Harassment: there are two forms of sexual harassment—hostile work environment sexual harassment and quid pro quo sexual harassment. A hostile work environment is created when the employer’s actions are severe and pervasive. Quid pro quo, alternatively, is when the employer propositions an advantage at work in exchange for a sexual favor.
- FMLA Violations: if you were fired while on leave or immediately upon returning from leave, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer as there is a strong presumption of retaliation.
Can I Sue Macy’s for Wrongful Termination?
Before you are able to file a civil lawsuit against Macy’s for wrongful termination, you must first file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations—in other words there is a time limit for you to bring your wrongful termination lawsuit. To find out if your claim is barred by a statute of limitations, please contact us.
If you believe that Macy’s wrongfully terminated based on discrimination, retaliation, or harassment, you have 180 days from the last discriminatory act to obtain a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC. This would give you another 90 days to file your lawsuit starting from the date you received your right-to-sue letter.
The best way to determine whether or not you have a strong wrongful termination case is to contact an employment lawyer and have them review your case. Here at Miracle Mile Law Group, we will take the time to listen to your case. Our attorneys are skilled storytellers and will frame your case in the best possible way.