One of the reasons that you may potentially have a strong wrongful termination case after you've been fired is that you did so because you wouldn't break the law. In most jobs, you simply go about your business to fulfill your job description without ever thinking about the legality of what you're doing. However, in some positions, you may run into scenarios in which your employer asks you to do something unlawful. Such a request can be subtle — generally, an employer isn't going to ask you to rob someone or assault an individual. However, the act may still be against the law, and if you refuse to do it, you could get fired. Here are some times that you'll have a strong wrongful termination case.
Dealing In Cash
Lots of people operate businesses that accept cash for jobs rendered, but it's important to remember that dealing in cash can be against the law. While there's nothing wrong with a customer paying cash if you're giving him or her an invoice, this often isn't the case. Instead, a company may give the customer a quote for work, but say that if the customer were to pay cash and not accept an invoice, the fee would be less. This is a form of tax evasion, and is illegal. If you refuse to make this offer to a customer and are fired as a result, you'll definitely want to hire a wrongful termination attorney.
There are many different ways that employers can misrepresent paperwork in an effort to improve productivity. One relatively common method is for trucking companies to compel their drivers to falsify their reports so that they can stay on the road longer instead of stopping to rest. If you're a driver, the law states that you need to rest at regular intervals, but your employer may be so eager for you to reach your destinations that he or she compels you to fill in your drivers' logs inaccurately. Your refusal to perform this illegal act could get you fired.
Providing Sexual Services
There can be careers in which you feel pressured to provide sexual services to customers or clients. For example, if you work at a gentleman's club or massage parlor, you may give services that fall within the boundaries of the law. However, in order for your business to earn more money, your employer may ask you to provide services of a sexual nature that are illegal to customers. Doing so may make you feel uncomfortable, which could prompt you to refuse and eventually get fired. A good wrongful termination attorney will work hard on your behalf to build a case around you being asked to break the law.